Inspector adopts terrified puppy dumped with dead siblings
'Even though this poor dog had been through so much suffering, she managed to wag her tail when I showed her some kindness - from that moment I knew a bond had formed.'
It was a horrific sight for any animal lover to see - a shaking and frightened dog who had been left for dead and dumped with the decomposing bodies of her sisters.
'Horror' as inspector discovers dumped dogs
Even after working for 12 years as an RSPCA Inspector, Lisa Lupson, who attended the scene, said nothing can prepare you for some horrors that the role throws up and this particular incident was deeply upsetting.
The 39-year-old mum-of-two was responding to an emergency call that involved a terrified dog who had been found dumped in a wooden kennel - along with two dead dogs - in a quiet lane in Runcorn, Cheshire, on the evening of 9 October.
Some residents had come across the tragic scene and they told me the situation so I felt as prepared as I could be. But as I approached the kennel the smell of decomposition hit me immediately. It was terrible.
Then as I got closer I could just see the shadow of a terrified dog lying on top of two decomposing bodies.
These frightened eyes were peering out at me desperately looking for help and I knew then we had connected.
I had no idea what kind of dog was in the kennel or the age or anything, but it was heartbreaking and I just melted when I saw her.
This poor dog was so ill and was so frightened, she still wanted to be with the dead dogs which we believe were her sisters.
It must have been horrendous for her to be there all that time not knowing what would happen to her - and she was so loyal she wanted to stay with them.
The poor dog had severe mange and was emaciated
When Lisa finally managed to coax the dog out of the kennel and away from her beloved sisters, she was able to see just what a poor condition she was in.
She had very little hair on her body due to severe mange and she was emaciated.
Lisa rushed her to our Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for treatment and it was while she was there the pair cemented their relationship.
She was absolutely terrified and shaking, which is unsurprising considering what she had been through, so I was stroking her trying to reassure her. Then I gave her a biscuit and she gave me a little tail wag. I just fell in love - she really made my heart melt.
'Biscuit' is unrecognisable is her new home
This act was so striking that it inspired Lisa to name her new friend Biscuit and she continued to make regular visits to the hospital to check on the pup's progress.
Then when she was ready for rehoming, Lisa leapt at the chance to take her in as part of her family along with husband Mike (36), children Olivia (6) and Thomas (8), Tilly their 11-year-old chocolate labrador and a rescue cat called Poppy.
And now Biscuit, who is a spaniel-cross and is aged about five months, is settling into her new home ready for Christmas. She said:
No-one can believe she is the same dog. We had no idea what breed she was for weeks as her hair loss was so dramatic but you can see the spaniel in her and even her personality has gone from being a terrified wreck to an excitable bundle of energy who just loves life.
She is definitely my dog - she won't let me out of her sight - and her ears prick up if she hears my voice on the phone.
I have no idea if she remembers me as the one who rescued her but there certainly feels like we have a special bond.
I also feel she was destined to be here, I was meant to be working that night - there is no doubt about in my mind and I am so glad I was.
The person who dumped Biscuit with her dead sisters has never been traced.