Ralf Little gives update on dog rescued on set of ‘Death in Paradise'

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Big-hearted Death In Paradise star Ralf Little had been filming scenes there when a terrorised dog wandered onto the film set. Despite him and his partner Lindsey being desperate to rescue the pup and give him a new home, they knew nothing of how to take him out of the country, but a rescue group did – and Ralf was determined to set up a GoFundMe page in their honour.

When we found Suzy, she was malnourished, and had been thrown away into a heap of trash

Ralf Little

“When we found Suzy, she was malnourished, and had been thrown away into a heap of trash,” Ralf wrote on the fundraising page.

“By the end, she’d eaten fine steak, travelled across oceans, and finally was living in the home she should have always had.

“SXM Paws helps gives dogs the same opportunity that we gave to [both our dogs] Dora and Suzy; taking them off the street and giving them a beautiful life.”

Filled with gratitude at how the charity had helped unite him with the two furry friends, Ralf decided to use his platform as a celebrity to raise awareness for the plight of other street dogs still suffering.

“If you’re reading this, it’s possible that you know me for my role as DI Neville Parker on BBC One’s Death in Paradise, which is filmed on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe,” he elaborated.

“Since joining the series in 2019, I’ve spent enough time in the Caribbean for it to feel like a second home.

“Even when I’m not filming, my partner Lindsey and I enjoy exploring its many islands, and our annual trips to Saint Martin have become a tradition.

“However, as animal lovers, it has been hard for us to turn a blind eye to the countless stray dogs on the islands’ streets.

“Dora was one of these ‘street dogs’ when she happened to wander onto the set of Death in Paradise and, from there, into mine and Lindsey’s hearts.

“A year later, we also found and fell in love with Suzy, another stray dog on the island, who was barely even able to walk at the time due to the severe neglect she had faced.”

It had been a challenge to negotiate the red tape involved in adopting the dogs and taking them abroad, but the charity had helped.

“It was through connecting with an animal rescue group in Saint Martin, that we ultimately were able to figure how to bring Dora and then Suzy home.

“Not only did the members of SXM Paws explain the steps we needed to take, but they actually executed many of the steps alongside us, readily helping with everything from driving Dora to her flight to the U.S. and advising on how to get Suzy on a plane.”

“When our little Suzy tragically passed away this year, we wanted to give back to this organization.”

Ralf has vowed 100 percent of the donations received will go towards rescuing, fostering and providing medical treatments for stray animals.

He elaborated: “Suzy was the quintessential street dog story: the perfect example of a puppy that we found scared, starving, and barely surviving… but as we nursed her back to health, she became the sweetest, most caring companion anyone could ever wish for.

Obedient, loving, smart, well behaved, calm. She was the best puppy, even if her life was too brief.

“SXM Paws helps gives dogs the same opportunity that we gave to Dora and Suzy; taking them off the street and giving them a beautiful life.

Ralf fought back tears as he spoke on an Instagram post today revealing how his dearly loved rescue puppy had been hit by a car and killed instantly.

He went on to vow to “improve the lives for other Caribbean rescue animals in the future”.

“Right now, there are many more dogs with the same capacity to love living on the streets of the Caribbean. If you were one of the people who followed Suzy’s story, please consider donating to this amazing organization. Or adopting one of their dogs.”

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