(ANIMAL NEWS) BRITAIN — Just weeks after Ireland ignored international pleas to abstain from euthanizing a mixed dog who resembled a pit bull, a diverse audience of shelter dogs in London participated in one of the biggest international events: the bearing of the Olympic torch. Former England soccer player Michael Owens, who has two bulldogs himself, had the honor of carrying the torch through a large gathering of dogs. Read on to learn about the dogs who cheered Owens along the legendary route, and help find them a home! — Global Animal
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Ecorazzi, Allyson Koerner

Former England soccer player Michael Owen had the honor of carrying the Olympic torch through Great Britain yesterday on day 66 of the legendary route, and was even greeted by an audience of dogs from the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London.

The flame is making its way all over Britain, and why not let some lucky shelter animals enjoy it too? Around 50 dogs lined up to see Owen running with the torch. He had help from a Battersea resident, a Staffordshire-Bull-Terrier named Rory, who ran alongside the striker. 

Owen is a huge dog lover. He personally owns two French Bulldogs and three Staffordshire-Bull-Terriers. He tweeted about the event saying, “Battersea Cats and Dogs home do some fantastic work. Privilege to be there today. #bdch. [sic]” 

“I’d love to take this Staffy home but I don’t think my current dogs would have it! May ask one of my family! #staffies, [sic]” Owen also tweeted regarding Rory.

Battersea is dedicated in reuniting lost pets with their owners, and finding homes for those that sadly never see their homes again. According to its site, Battersea cares for over 10,600 dogs and cats. 

For more photos and to see Owen in action, check out Battersea’s Facebook page.

More Ecorazzi: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/07/24/michael-owen-carries-olympic-torch-through-battersea-dog-home/