A starved, three-year-old lurcher was found by Animal Welfare officers in Blythe, Northumberland.
The pup was dumped on the street where it was found and had apparently been left for dead. The condition of the poor pooch was hard to see. He had hardly any fur and her rib cage could be seen through her skin, nearly no hair, and weighing 24 lbs (10,88 kgs), which is half the weight she should weigh.
Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels rescued the dog and gave her name Tiggy.
They took her in and took care of her, might as well been called Twiggy at the time.Everyone was afraid that she won’t make it past Christmas. But God just saved her and she miraculously recovered thanks to the efforts of B-A-R-K and Jan Ross, their manager.
The dog got special treatment in B-A-R-K.
She had to live inside a home since Tiggy wasn’t fit for living in kennels due to her condition., seeing the dog for the first time gave her mixed feelings of “shock, horror, fear, relief,” and “instant love for her fighting spirit”.She looked as if she was dead. And, as Jan later described in the interview with Bored Panda
The local community also helped amazingly with financial donations, good wishes, and moral support.
The story has caught the attention and raised the curiosity of local news outlets and the internet alike as it was covered widely in British newspapers, internet magazines, and TV.
“This is a shocking and inexcusable case of neglect and we are very keen to get to the bottom of how she came to be in such an emaciated condition and bring the person(s) responsible to account,” wrote the Council in their official letter.
Jan added, “Tiggy is in great condition now but this could happen to another animal if those responsible are not brought to justice.”
Jan assured, “She’s doing great… when she came a few days ago, she was over 39 lbs (18 kg), another couple of kilos, which will probably mainly be muscle, and she’ll be target weight.
She has an amazing personality, her fears get smaller each day.When first she came in, she wouldn’t go out at all, then gradually she trusted to come into the garden with us and now today she races out there if the weather is nice, has to be called back in.
(There is no way she’ll stay out there if there is just one spot of rain – she’s a bit of a diva that way) She has enjoyed walks at the beach, playing in the exercise area at the kennels and although she has had literally tens of donations of toys, she prefers the beat-up tennis ball.
The good news is she found a new home.
“She has a home to go to with two other rescue dogs. We hope that will be by the end of January.” And while she’s waiting for that day to come, she can’t complain about all the positive attention she gets currently: “Tiggy has had donations including food, collars, coats, jumpers, treats, and toys. She has a wardrobe most women would be proud of.”
We wish the best for Tiggy, and we hope this is the start of a bright new beginning for her.
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