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Disabled dog makes amazing recovery after being dumped


Bella standing up in a garden © RSPCA

A dog who was unable to walk when she was heartlessly abandoned from a vehicle has made an amazing recovery and will soon be looking for a loving new home.

Bella, a brindle lurcher cross saluki, was dumped in Lyndhurst, Hampshire by two men in a pickup truck who tied her to the gate of a property before shouting "look after the dog mate" to the occupant as they drove off on 23 March 2017.

We found that Bella was unable to bear weight on her hind legs and she was taken to our Ashley Heath Animal Centre before investigations began to discover the cause of her mobility problems.

She's now up on her feet and walking around

Inspector Penny Baker said:

It’s heartbreaking to think someone could just abandon a dog like Bella. She was unable to walk and initially we didn’t know why she couldn't stand. The vet who treated her gave pain relief, but found no obvious cause.

She then came into RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Centre the following day and went to our clinic for full x-rays which strangely showed nothing so it was concluded it was a possible neurological issue or similar.

The animal home approached Verwood Hydrotherapy Centre Canine Rehabilitation and South Coast Hydrotherapy who have very kindly provided free therapy and she's making a great recovery. Although she's still a little unsteady at times, she's now up on her feet and walking around.

We couldn’t be more thankful to the team at the hydrotherapy centre and to the member of the public who kindly brought her into our care.

Once Bella, who's thought to be around ten months old, is up to full strength she'll be looking to find a loving new home with owners who can give her the care and support she needs.

We're appealing to anyone who knows how Bella came to be abandoned or who was responsible to call the inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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