Neglected amputee rescued by Mayhew Animal Home finds happiness with new owner
17:38 05 October 2016
A neglected dog who lost a leg following an attack has finally found happiness in a loving home after being rescued by an animal charity in Kensal Rise.
Mini was discovered by welfare officers from the Mayhew Animal Home in Trenmar Gardens.
The two-year-old Yorkshire Terrier was matted with blood, lethargic, dehydrated and had a very high temperature with her owners nowhere to be found.
She had been attacked by another dog in the borough and needed urgent treatment.
A fractured shoulder revealed that the bone and tissue were severely infected giving the vets no choice but to amputate the left front leg.
Dr Áine Macguire, Mayhew’s vet, said: “When she was stable following the surgery, Mini came back to The Mayhew to recover. She has coped really well with walking on three legs and it doesn’t seem to bother her at all. Three-legged dogs can still live happy and fulfilling lives.”
Following the surgery the young dog received medical attention and lots of care, love and attention, and was able to get back on her three paws in no time.
With a lot of care, love and attention, Mini was able to around easily and is still able to run play and jump despite her disability and was adopted by a new family in no time.
Helle Hammonds, Mini’s new owner, said: “Mini has settled in really well and gets on great with our other dog Missy. She is incredibly affectionate and loves receiving cuddles.
“Her disability doesn’t stop her from doing anything and she is forever trying to sit on my lap.”
Mayhew welfare officers rescue hundreds of abandoned, neglected and abused animals every year, respond to animal welfare issues out in the community and provide ongoing support to carers and pet owners in vulnerable situations.
Zoe Edwards, animal welfare manager, said: “Unfortunately we see a lot of unwanted dogs as they are bred purely to be sold for profit or used as a breeding machine. When they end up injured or not sold, the breeders abandon and dump them when they are no longer wanted. We ask that owners think responsibly about where they get their pets from and consider adopting a rescue dog.”
To find out more or to donate to the charity visit themayhew.org.
To speak to a Mayhew animal welfare officer, call 020 8962 8000.