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Starving Staffie Saved from Death

23 April 2014

UK - A skeletal Staffordshire bull terrier that survived months of starvation and neglect has had her life transformed by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home after being rehomed with a loving new family in Hertfordshire.

One year old Indie, who was found wandering the streets near Vauxhall, weighing only 12 kg, arrived at the London animal charity in January.

The weak brindle pup collapsed after reaching Battersea and was described by the centre’s vets as one of the worst cases of emaciation and malnourishment they’d ever seen.

stray dog, batterseaShaun Opperman, Battersea’s Head Vet, said: “Indie’s appearance when she arrived at Battersea was horrifying, she could barely lift her own head and was days from death if she hadn’t received medical care. It was a case of fighting for her life and, thankfully, she still had her puppy spirit and was able to pull through.

“Despite animal charities offering a safe way to rehome a pet, we still see a steady stream of emaciated and abused animals which have endured long, painful and completely unnecessary suffering. Thankfully Indie was one of the lucky ones and we were able to help her in time.”

Indie – now a healthy 19kg - was given the second chance she deserved on 29 March, and rehomed to Hitchin in Hertfordshire with Sarah and Richard Brown and their two children Jo and Olivia.

Sarah Brown, Ickleford, said: “When we saw Indie in her kennel giving lots of affection to her Battersea carer, we knew she was the dog for us. We have had Staffies before and they are such a loveable, loyal breed that we knew she’d fit in perfectly with the family.

“Having seen the picture of her when she arrived at Battersea we can’t believe she is the same dog, the photo was so shocking we couldn’t bear to look at it. How someone could do that to such a gentle, loving dog is unbelievable, and to treat any animal like that is just disgusting.”

“Indie has settled in beautifully in our family, my children love her and she’s having the time of her life and getting used to all the new countryside smells!”

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