Collapsed Husky's amazing transformation following rescue

Collapsed Husky's amazing transformation following rescue


Husky Kenz locked in a tiny space © RSPCA

A husky called Kenz who was found collapsed and emaciated in a filthy cupboard that had been turned into a dog pen has made an amazing transformation in our centre's care. 

Kenz's owner from Bradford was disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years when he appeared before Bradford Magistrates' Court last month (Wednesday 20 February).

The owner pleaded guilty to two offences

Kenz's owner, Lee Aveyard, pleaded guilty to one offence of failing to meet the needs of Kenz by failing to provide a suitable environment, and one of causing unnecessary suffering to him by failing to explore and address his poor body condition under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Our inspectors attended Aveyard's home on 11 October last year. Speaking of the event, our Chief Inspector Heidi Jenner said:

As soon as the inspector walked through the door to the property there was a strong smell of ammonia. She was stunned to see where Kenz was living. He was in a cupboard at the top of the stairs that had been turned into a dog pen with chicken wire and bits of wood, wedged in place with a cricket bat.

Kenz was collapsed in a pool of urine with his back legs sprawled out to the side and surrounded by faeces. There was no evidence of food or water.

The smell was horrendous and even through his thick coat, which was stained yellow, you could see how skinny he was. He was unable to stand, and the inspector said that when she lifted him up by his harness it was like holding a shopping bag, he just hung there.

Kenz was found to be emaciated and anaemic 

Husky Kenz before he came into RSPCA care © RSPCA

He was taken straight to a vet where he was found to be emaciated with his ribs, spine and pelvis all clearly visible. He had pressure sores on his legs, the biggest one on his left hind leg measuring 2.5 centimeters in diameter and 1 centimeters deep. He was also anaemic. He weighed just 13.7 kilograms, but gained 2.4 kilograms in three days. In four weeks he gained 8.8 kilograms taking him to 22.5 kilograms - a 64 percent increase in body weight. Today he weighs in at 34.4 kilograms.

Kenz's previous owner has now been sentenced

In mitigation the court heard that the defendant had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and that he was shortly to become the carer for a relative.

As well as the disqualification, Aveyard was sentenced to:

  • a 12-month probation order
  • 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days
  • a five-month curfew order between 7pm and 7am
  • ordered to pay costs of £300 and an £85 victim surcharge.

A deprivation order was also placed on Kenz. 

Kenz is currently making progress in our centre

Husky Kenz looking like a completely different dog after being in RSPCA care © RSPCA

Kenz is in the care of our Lancashire East Branch - where he's been since November - and staff continue to work with him to prepare him for a forever home.

Our animal centre manager, Jeanette Ainscough, said: 

Seeing Kenz now, it's hard to believe that he's the same dog. His transformation has been absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, it hasn't been without some big setbacks though and as a result Kenz isn't ready to be adopted just yet.

It was discovered that some metalwork that must have been put in his leg as a puppy had moved, causing Kenz to be in a lot of pain, so an operation was needed to repair that. We thought he might have to have it amputated but daily physiotherapy and weekly hydrotherapy from the brilliant people at My Vet Hydro has meant we've been able to avoid that. My Vet Hydro donate their services to us for free and we can't thank them enough for everything they've done to help Kenz, and others.

Kenz is one of many rescue dogs looking for their forever home, visit Find a Pet today.

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