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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Cruelly-treated Barrow dog back to full health

IT has been a very long wait for RSPCA dog George, a beautiful Staffordshire bull terrier, but he is finally settling into his new permanent home after spending time in the care of RSPCA Furness and Barrow branch.

George is the perfect example of a dog whose nature is the exact opposite to that of what many people wrongly believe his breed to be like.

George is a handsome glossy-coated Staffie with a nature that matches his good looks despite a terrible start to life.

He came into the hands of the RSPCA in May seriously malnourished and underweight from a house where he had been kept in appalling conditions.

Once in safe hands George promptly came down with parvovirus and it was thanks to the vets and staff at South Lakes Veterinary Centre that he pulled through this serious and often fatal condition.

When he was well enough George went into the care of RSPCA Furness and Barrow branch re-homing officer Claire Pettingale, who was surprised to find he was actually aged five as she thought he was around two.

Claire and her husband fostered George in their home while overseeing his return to perfect health.

In September a fit and healthy George went to the Milnthorpe Kennels and Cattery where the RSPCA houses its dogs.

Claire said of George: “He loves people and being cuddled, he is a lovely natured dog and lively. He is so affectionate and walks lovely on the lead.”

However, at that stage George had had limited experiences of the outside world and could get stressed out by new experiences and needed time and patience.

But what a difference those two things make to an animal that has suffered.

Today Claire said: “George got a new home just before the new year and is settling into family life.

“He got a lot of care and attention and walks with other dogs while kenneled and I know this helped him to gain added experience and sociability.

“I know from personal experience he’ll be really enjoying having a home to call his own.

“I don’t know if his new owners allow him on the furniture, but if so, he’ll be in heaven.

“One of his favourite occupations last summer was sitting beside my husband on the sofa to watch the cricket.”

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