A pet charity has made one final lifesaving rescue by stopping a dog from being put down – despite having closed for business.
The founders of Wonky Pet Rescue, which has rehomed disabled animals across the Midlands since 2012, were ‘shocked and appalled’ when they saw beaten, bleeding and bedraggled Diamond heading to the vets to be put down.
Animal instincts took over the team and they decided to do everything they could to save 10-year-old Shar Pei.
Wonky Pet Rescue founder Tracy Benjamin said: ‘Our doors were closed for the foreseeable future but sometimes you just cant turn your back despite feeling overwhelmed.
‘A few days ago we were asked to help Diamond who had been booked into a vets to be put to sleep, we explained we were closed to new intakes but wouldn’t let her die as there was nothing wrong with her medically, the owner just didn’t want her any more (or so we were told).
‘When the transporter went to pick Diamond up from her owner they were met with these shocking images, not only had this girl been so badly neglected for a long long time, filthy, stinking and sore but she had been badly attacked by another dog.
‘Her neck ripped open with a gaping wound that had just been left.’
She added: ‘Instead of the transporter taking her to her rescue space she was rushed straight to the emergency vet to be stitched up and receive the much needed pain relief and antibiotics she needed.’
‘She has since returned to the vet for follow up treatment before being collected by us today to become a Wonky Pets Rescue dog, we just simply couldn’t not help this girl.’
Wonky Pet Rescue relies on donations and its volunteers often have to pay costs out of their own pocket.
Tracy added: ‘We are so very grateful to everyone who has already supported us this week with generous financial donations as Diamond’s current bill stands at £300 but will be much more by the time she receives all the treatment she needs.’
Wonky Pet Rescue made the decision not to accept anymore animals just days before they saw Diamond’s plight.
The charity posted an emotional statement to Facebook: ‘Our small, dedicated team of foster homes have dwindled even further for various genuine reasons such as ill health and other work commitments which means that its virtually just the two of us looking after a vast number of animals between us.
‘We are tired, we are drained, we are lacking good homes coming forward for our dogs in particular, have limited funds in the bank, we are lacking support and there are simply not enough hours in the day.
‘It would be totally irresponsible of us to take on any more animals when we are just about managing to look after our current residents in a proper fashion and we will never compromise the wellbeing and care of our existing animals.’