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Monday, 06 July 2015

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Abused Barrow Staffie pup is happy in a new home

A THREE-LEGGED puppy which nearly died after being abused by his previous owner is happy in his new home.

Seven-month-old Georgie, now called Sid, has been rehomed after a traumatic start to his life.

The Staffordshire bull terrier was taken into a Barrow vets in December with injuries so severe he had to have one of his legs amputated when he was just 10-weeks-old.

On Tuesday, his previous owner, Andrew Mark Wilson, of Schooner Street, Barrow Island, was jailed for 12 weeks for carrying out a vicious attack on the dog.

Sid’s new owner, who wishes to remain anonymous for the animal’s safety, adopted the pup in January after his operation.

She said: “He was up and running around the same day he had the operation. He has never stopped. It’s amazing how quickly he has overcome it.”

Grove Veterinary Centre, which treated Sid, said he will be significantly affected when he is older and is likely to develop arthritis when he is between five and six years old.

The condition does not typically affect healthy Staffies until they are at least seven.

His owner added: “He probably will not live as long as a normal Staffie dog.”

Sid’s owner said his only physical restriction is that he can only play or run for about 15 minutes before he gets tired.

She added: “But he’s just full of life. You wouldn’t think he would be so friendly with people because of what he’s gone through. He was quite sad when we got him and now he’s really happy.

“He’s also not allowed any treats because he can’t get fat because of his leg, but he’s got rabbit and tiger soft toys.”

RSPCA inspector Will Lamping was reunited with the puppy, having not seen him since he was called by the vets as a result of the injuries, in December.

Mr Lamping said: “It’s fantastic to see his recovery – it’s the best part of my job seeing that his future is going to be a happy one. It was one of the worst cases of physical aggression to a puppy I have ever seen. He needed considerable pain relief just to be kept comfortable.

“He’s like a completely changed dog. He was nervous, but now he’s bright and happy.”


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