BASHA the dog earned his name because he crashed into walls, which is not too surprising because he is blind.

But it was the canine's exuberant personality, resilience and talent for spotting snakes has earned Basha a special place in his owner's heart.

Prominent Tweed animal activist Susie Hearder said Basha's first adoptive family picked him up from the Tweed Shire Council pound 12 years ago with no idea the puppy was blind until he started to run into walls.

He was returned to the pound, only to be rejected by a second owner, selected by Friends of the Pound.

Ms Hearder said someone at the RSPCA had reportedly asked the woman what she was doing with a disabled dog when there were plenty of healthy dogs needing a home.

"They sold her one of their dogs instead," she said.

Saddened by Basha's plight, Ms Hearder adopted the cattle-cross to join her brood in Limpinwood.

As Basha became older, he has physically lost "three eyes" - one to glaucoma, replaced by a prosthetic eye. His second eye was lost to cancer and finally the prosthetic eye played up so vets removed the remaining socket.

"His eye problems are more likely to be from bad breeding at a puppy farm," Mrs Hearder said.

"But he's had a wonderful life, he manages very, very well.

"He's a real special dog, with a talent for spotting snakes. Once he was acting strangely in the yard and there was a big brown carpet snake and out of 12 dogs he was the only one to notice it.

"He loves people and wags his tail and even though he has no eyes, people often say, 'Are you sure he has no eyes?' because he's so attentive."

Ms Hearder is currently advocating against so-called "ag gag" laws.

Senator Chris Back introduced the Bill, which activists say is "intentionally designed" to stop the use of hidden cameras, trespass, anonymous sources and undercover investigators to infiltrate animal industries and record animal abuse.

The bill was introduced just prior to a covert Animals Australia and ABC investigation which uncovered live baiting in the greyhound industry.



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