For release : Immediate
SKINNY STAFFORDSHIRE WILLOW SAVED BY RAIN RESCUE IN URGENT NEED OF TREATMENT
THE FACE OF A BROKEN DOG - EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR WILLOW
South Yorkshire based animal charity Rain Rescue saved starving Willow, a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier after she had been abandoned in a terrible state.
The rescue which takes in over 400 dogs and cats every year, rushed Willow to local vets as soon as she arrived.
Lauren Sanderson, Deputy Charity Manager, said: “We were immediately concerned when she arrived as she was urinating blood, she was very thin and had clearly recently had a litter of pups. Not to mention both her ears were clearly infected and painful.”
Poor Willow was scanned by the vets and it was revealed she had retained placenta inside her womb, a condition that will have resulted from the birth of her pups and can be life threatening if not treated in a timely manner. In addition, she was diagnosed with Mastitis, an infection of the mammary glands, another painful and sometimes fatal condition.
"Willow has clearly not had a good life wherever she was before coming to Rain Rescue. She is covered in scars and scabs and is underweight. She must have had puppies quite recently and it makes you worry about where they are now or how they’ve been kept - but sadly as Willow was found straying we will never know. All we can do now is to help her get better."
Willow has been given treatment to try and combat all her various ailments and the charity is hopeful she will make a full recovery. Lauren continues “We are taking every day as it comes, we are hoping she responds well to the multitude of medication she has been given and of course she is getting lots of TLC from the team here at Rain Rescue. However if the treatment doesn’t work she may need surgery to help her recover.”
“We continue to ask the public to be aware of the effects of irresponsible and backyard breeding. Given the condition Willow has arrived in, if her puppies are out there somewhere, chances are they’ve had a terrible start in life too. We are sure no one would want to put money into the pockets of breeders who treat their animals the way Willow has been treated. Always ensure you see mum with her puppies and ask to see veterinary records to make sure they have had all the necessary treatment and checks, or better yet consider adopting a rescue dog - there are so many out there waiting for loving homes.”
In the last 12 months Rain Rescue has spent over £40,000 on treatment for sick, injured and homeless pets before finding them loving new homes.
Who knows what her past has held but Willow is the reason Rain Rescue exists, to be there for the ones who have no one else and give them another chance in life ... If you agree that Willow deserves this chance, please consider a donation.
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Notes to editors:
Rain Rescue was founded in 2002 and has saved the lives of thousands of animals to date, primarily dogs at risk of being put to sleep in local authority stray kennels as well as cats and kittens abandoned on the streets. They are also there to support pet owners in times of crisis such as those facing financial difficulties, eviction and bereavement. Receiving no government or lottery funding means they rely solely on the generosity of the public to continue their vital work.
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