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Happy Ending for Ziggy the Crossbow Dog

27 January 2015
RSPCA

UK - Two-year-old Ziggy was found in remote woods near Wansford, Peterborough last October with a crossbow bolt through his skull.

The 20 inch carbon fibre crossbow bolt had deflected off his skull, avoided his brain and missed his eyes and ears by just millimetres. Veterinary surgeons were able to delicately pull the bolt out and Ziggy recovered.

Dominic O’Hare and his girlfriend Anna Burton-Wood from Watford have taken Ziggy in now that he has recovered from his ordeal. Dominic and Anna first heard about Ziggy’s story through a Tweet from a newspaper and knew straightaway that he was the one for them.

Open and trusting

Dominic said: "I caught sight of the infamous image of Ziggy with a bolt through his head and as a dog lover just had to click on the story.

"It is hard to say what it was exactly in his story which made me know he was the dog for us. I think what got me the most was the way he just went up to those people in the woods with a wagging tail.

"Despite what had been done to him he was so open, so trusting. It just showed what sort of a dog he was and what character he had.

"I sent it straight to my girlfriend and we just had the same immediate feeling that we wanted to adopt him. Anna phoned up and was told there had been about 60 or so calls that day from people wanting him.

"But I just kept on calling, every two weeks, and then every week, and eventually persistence paid off. I think they realised quite how much we wanted him. We finally took him home on 20 December. It was important for us to get him home with us in time for Christmas Day.

"As soon as we met him, I knew everything I had thought was true. He is just a big softie."

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