‘Worst case of animal cruelty’ dog at the Mayhew dies

Grace loved listening to the radio (Pic Credit: The Mayhew)

Grace loved listening to the radio (Pic Credit: The Mayhew) - Credit: Archant

A dog at the centre of one of the worst case of cruelty an animal charity in Kensal Green has ever witnessed has sadly died.

Grace ended up in the care of the Mayhew Animal home after being found on a doorstep in Brent starving to death.

The Staffordshire terrier was blind in one eye, had protruding ribs, a swollen belly and was weak and anaemic.

She also had a filthy coat, had been left to soak in her own urine and was found to be suffering from a heart murmur.

Due to the severe condition of her health she faced a battle to survive despite having two litres of fluid drained out of bloated tummy, undergoing surgery and receiving around the clock treatment.

Her story had spread across the world and invoked outpourings of love and gifts from her followers as far away as Canada.

Harlesden documentary maker Louis Theroux was taken in by her when he visited the home in Trenmar Gardens last month.

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Sadly ‘Amazing Grace’, as she was nicknamed, continued to lose weight, and was very weak and distressed.

A decision was made to end her suffering was made when she was placed on a drip after collapsing at the weekend

Her cruel owner has escaped any action as she was not microchipped.

Caroline Yates, The Mayhew’s chief executive, said: “It was an agonising decision for everyone at The Mayhew as we had all fallen in love with our Amazing Grace over the last two months.

“It is one of the worst animal cruelty cases I have ever seen. I have never seen such severe starvation and malnutrition in a dog in the UK before. At least in her final months she was loved, cherished, warm and comfortable.

“Despite her pain and suffering she greeted everyone with a wagging tail. Even to the end she loved playing with tennis balls and listening to the radio in the hospital ward for audio stimulation.”

“Grace is now at peace; no more pain, no more sadness, no more suffering. She will remain in our hearts forever.”

If you would like to help other animals like Grace at The Mayhew by making a donation in her memory visit www.themayhew.org/amazing-grace

Related links: The Mayhew in battle to save dog in worst ever animal cruelty caseDocumentary maker Louis Theroux visits the Mayhew Animal Home

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