Young Peggy was found cowering and terrified after being dumped by the roadside – but thanks to her doggie pal Frank, she has now recovered with a second chance at happiness.
Peggy was petrified, literally frozen to the spot when she was brought into us…the only thing that perked her up was her interest in my dog – 10-year-old Frank
Thought to be a Tibetan terrier crossbreed, she was taken straight to RSPCA Hillfield Animal Centre in Burton on Trent after being rescued by a member of the public. She was found by the A38 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, shaking in the grass and absolutely terrified. She strongly smelt of urine, and her fur was so matted the rescuer thought she was an elderly dog. She had no collar nor microchip and, after examinations by a vet, she was found to be only one year old.
Public engagement manager at the branch Susie O’Neill said, “Peggy was petrified, literally frozen to the spot when she was brought into us. It took a few hours of coaxing to even get her to a point that she would move her feet. The only thing that perked her up was her interest in my dog – 10-year-old Frank.
“Her love for Frank is what earned her the name Peggy, after the EastEnders duo. Peggy began to follow Frank around and he was so patient and calm around her, he really helped her to regain her confidence. They would go for walks together, and each day her confidence grew and grew.”
Sadly, Peggy was suffering from an ectopic ureter. This is a rare condition puppies can be born with where the ureter does not terminate in the bladder but elsewhere in the body, meaning she was unable to urinate naturally; it is thought this could be one of the reasons she was dumped.
The RSPCA branch contacted West Midlands Referrals in Lichfield and they agreed to perform an urgent operation to reposition the ureter for a heavily reduced price.
Susie then fostered recovering Peggy in her home alongside her beloved Frank. She added, “Against all the odds the operation was a success and Peggy began the painful process of housetraining. Frank was with her all the way, he’s such a gentle soul, so he was perfect to help rebuild her confidence. She would follow him outside and it was like he would show her what to do.”
With their support and that of the local community, it’s been lovely to see Peggy get her happy ending.
In September, after her successful foster, she was adopted by Charlotte and Russell Leddra-Graham, who live locally in Lichfield and were looking for a new dog. Charlotte and Russell have continued to care for Peggy and she now has the life she deserves.
Susie said, “The kennel staff at the branch were absolutely fantastic in monitoring all the medication Peggy was on and making sure she was happy and comfortable. With their support and that of the local community, it’s been lovely to see Peggy get her happy ending.
“Sadly, the RSPCA do see lots of abandoned and dumped animals every day. Our national call centre received more than 33,000 calls just about abandoned animals in 2017. When people take on a new pets – whatever that animal may be they do need to research it, make sure it will suit their lifestyle and that they will be able to provide for it for the entirety of its life – however long that may be.”
“Dumping an animals is never the answer, there is help out there if you are struggling. Please reach out to friends and family, contact your local vets, or a local animal charity. If you are concerned for the welfare of an animal the RSPCA is available 24 hours a day on 0300 123 4999.”
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