Pawdington the Snowdog has returned to his spot outside a South Shields theatre after her was damaged by “mindless vandalism”.
The charity Great North Snowdog sculpture had to be removed from outside the Customs House, in Mill Dam, after he was attacked by vandals.
The giant canine, designed by Mandii Pope, is part of the Great Snowdog Trail, which is raising funds for St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle.
Pawdington, who is based on Paddington Bear, had his red hat removed, but is back in his rightful place after a trip to the ‘vets’.
Pawdington had tweeted from his own account: “Sorry to say I’m off to the vets this weekend after a rough night. I’ll be back soon.”
He arrived back at the venue on a special day – the launch of this year’s panto, Jack and the Beanstalk.
Pawdington was welcomed home by Eleanor Chaganis, who is set to play the fairy in the festive show.
Customs House executive director, Ray Spencer, said: “It is very sad when this great idea to engage families in a fun activity, and at the same time raise much-needed funds for St Oswald’s Hospice, can be the subject to mindless vandalism, which benefits no-one in our community.
“I do hope when all of the dogs return from the virtual vet they are cherished for the remainder of their stay across the North East.”
Across the region, there are 61 large Snowdog sculptures, each measuring 1.5m tall, and 97 smaller ones which all have a unique identity after being given a new leash of life by artists and schoolchildren.
The dogs will be in place for the next 10 weeks with people able to track the trail on a special app.
At the end of the run, the dogs, based on the Snowdog character from Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and The Snowdog, will be auctioned off for the hospice.
Last week Snowdogs in Sunderland and Newcastle were also damaged by vandals.
Find out more at www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk