A dog with hip dysplasia who spent 250 days in a dog shelter is looking for his forever home.
The adorable Snowflake hasn’t had much luck finding a family since arriving at Manchester Dog’s Home in December last year.
The Cano Corso cross, a rarity in English shelters, is now the longest-staying dog at Manchester Dogs’ Home and staff are eager to find him the right home.
TeamDogs reported how the loving pup was neglected due to fear of medical bills due to Snowflake suffering from hip dysplasia.
Despite being “incredibly big and strong”, Snowflake’s painful condition requires ongoing medical treatment which can be costly.
Unfortunately, Snowflake was also the victim of cruel ear cropping – an illegal and painful process where a dog’s outer ears are completely removed or are surgically altered, with the tips or huge sections of the outer ear being cut off. .
Although very beautiful, her unique appearance hasn’t piqued people’s interest since she arrived home as a stray just over eight months ago.
Anthony Bilson, manager and spokesman for Manchester Dogs’ Home, said: “She hasn’t gotten much attention at all.
“I think one of the main reasons is that she has hip dysplasia which will require ongoing treatment.
“The cost of medical care turns people away.
“Cane Corsos are not really a well-known breed.
“The poor girl had her ears cut off, which also discourages people.
“The sooner we can find him a home, the better it will be for his mental health.”
Despite her medical condition, shelter staff say Snowflake is a “very friendly, active and playful girl” and – for the right home – the shelter may be able to help cover her ongoing medical bills.
Snowflake had some interest in December last year, but unfortunately it was not the right home to take care of his condition.
“At Christmas we had an application from someone who liked to take long hikes in the mountains, but Snowflake has hip dysplasia so it wasn’t ideal. She needs exercise, but she can’t. not take long walks,” Mr. Bilson said.
He went on to explain that Snowflake’s ideal owner would be someone who has experience with large breeds and a home with no other pets or small children, as she is incredibly playful and doesn’t realize how much she is tall.
Its owner will also need patience with training and manners with other dogs and must be prepared to continue medical treatment.
She is currently on painkillers, which is ongoing, but she would also benefit from hydrotherapy.
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