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Abandoned dog ready to love again after months of care and rehabilitation

It’s been a long road to recovery for the dog found abandoned in a bush

An abandoned dog is now ready to meet her match and start enjoying a new life with a forever family – after months of care and attention at an RSPCA animal rescue shelter.

Lacie the lurcher was found dumped in a hedgerow near the home of an RSPCA officer, cold, emaciated and with sores on her body, in Somerset last spring.

Following months of veterinary attention, and a good diet, she is now fully recovered, and is looking for a new home to call her own.

RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre deputy manager Anita Clark said: “It has taken many months, but her coat has now grown back, her sores have healed, and her personality has begun to shine through. Lacie now cannot wait to find her forever home where she has a sofa to call her own.

“Lacie is full of life and very playful despite everything she has been through. She travels well in the car, and will either look out of the window or lie down. She is looking for patient, understanding adopters to carry on the training and socialisation we have started at the centre. 

“She would also like the company of someone who is at home most of the time to house train her and teach that it is okay to be left for short periods.”

With such a traumatised dog, the team knows to take things slowly. They made sure they worked patiently to grow her confidence over many months to ensure she is transformed and ready to find her forever home.

RSPCA animal rescue officer Ali Sparkes was off duty when she was alerted to Lacie’s plight back in March 2021 after a neighbour reported seeing her abandoned.

Ali said: “She was so frightened she wouldn’t come out or even look at me and she was really shivering. I took her to the vet who noticed a lump on her head, caused by a blunt object.

“She had cuts on her ears and a larger healing wound on her back. She was also severely underweight and had pressure sores from sleeping with no bedding.

“It’s amazing to see her looking so happy and healthy thanks to the hard work of the team at RSPCA West Hatch. It’ll be amazing when her recovery journey is completed by finding a loving home.

Anita added: “If Lacie isn’t the right dog for you but you think you could offer one of the wonderful rescue animals currently looking for a new home, please visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet

“There are many animals just like Lacie who have been given the TLC they desperately needed and are now waiting patiently to find their new family in our RSPCA rescue centres.

“It costs us £4,117 to run an animal centre for one day during winter so we’re asking animal lovers to Join the Rescue this winter to make sure animals get the care they need.”

Potential adopters for Lacie must live within a reasonable distance of the centre in Taunton, Somerset, as she will need to meet her new family several times to get to know them. 

Lacie would be suitable to live with older teenagers, calm sociable dogs but not cats or small animals due to her high prey drive. 

For more information about her personality, and how to adopt her, see her rehoming page

Our rescue teams will be out in all weathers this winter, rescuing animals from abuse, neglect and suffering.  To Join the Winter Rescue and help our rescuers be there for the animals in need, please visit www.rspca.org.uk/rescuexmas