A DOG feared dead after being left alone in a cage without food or water has recovered well at an RSPCA branch.
Jack Russell’s cross Anna was rescued along with two other dogs after police raided a property, where their owner had abandoned them for days.
RSPCA inspector Louise Showering said conditions at the home in Holywell, Flintshire, where the dogs were found, were the worst she had ever seen. The house was littered with garbage, feces and sharp objects.
Two other Jack Russell dogs, Buster and Lucky, had been left downstairs, but Anna was locked in an upstairs bathroom and officers executed a warrant to enter as it was feared the poor dog had died of malnutrition.
The RSPCA is shining a light on Anna’s plight as part of the charity’s winter campaign – a fundraising campaign calling on the public to support more rescues like this, especially as the charity expects more animals to be neglected and abandoned by owners who can no longer afford to care for them during the cost of living crisis.
Anna has now found her forever home in Anglesey thanks to the dedicated work of the RSPCA Wirral and Chester Branch.
When she was picked up by the branch in March this year, she weighed only 7.5 kg. But thanks to the guidance of charity staff, she came back healthy – almost doubling her weight to tip the scales at 12kg.
Staff at the charity’s Wirral Animal Center in Wallasey also spent time making sure she could make the transition to life in the outside world by getting her used to traffic and roads.
After being imprisoned in appalling conditions, the roughly eight-year-old Tawny Cross emerged from her shell to show off her playful and energetic character.
She was recently adopted by new owners, who took her to Aberffraw for her first outing when she enjoyed a walk on the sand dunes.
Wirral Animal Center director Kay Hawthorne said: ‘When Anna was rescued she was very thin and in much worse condition than the other two dogs found in this house, Buster and Lucky.
“She was found separately from the other two, who had the management of the house and managed to recover things to eat. Anna was in a cage locked in the bathroom and she was very malnourished. She went to the RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for further support.”
She added: “She was quite shy when she came to our house, but she’s gained confidence and she’s absolutely lovely and a real character.
“We fed her and gave her the love she wasn’t getting and it was a big turnaround for her. She’s at her best – she’s a sweet, smiling dog who loves to play with her toys.
Anna’s new owners said: ‘She loves to cuddle with us and we can’t believe how well Anna seems to have settled in. She seems to be really enjoying life here and her personality is starting to shine. She is cheeky and funny and when we sit down she jumps and cuddles.
Inspector Showering recalls: “The police thought Anna was dead or dying upstairs because they couldn’t see her after they found the other two dogs. She was skinny, ribbed and very thirsty, but the transformation in her in six months has been incredible.
“That’s why we need the public to support our winter fundraising campaign so we can help save more pets in need and find them their forever homes.”