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28 September 2010, 10:06 | Updated: 28 September 2010, 10:10
An abandoned dog that was dyed purple and left to starve has made an amazing recovery and is now looking for a new home!
‘Apple’ was found in Chichester last month seriously malnourished and without most of his fur.
The Lurcher – thought to be aged between two and three years old – was found abandoned in the Chilgrove area.
But now he’s been nursed back to health thanks to dedicated staff and a local rescue charity.
His fur has grown back and he is putting on weight and revelling in the attention he is receiving.
He was initially looked after by Children District Council Dog Wardens at the council’s kennels and is now being cared for by Greyhound Rescue West Of England.
Viviane Barale, Dog Control Officer for Chichester District Council says: “It was a clear case of neglect but now he is totally recovered. Our local vet has treated him for mange and skin sores. He is now full of fun and recovered.”
Vivianne said Apple would suit an active family with older children. She says: “He has a lovely temperament and would make a really good companion.”
No one has reported the dog missing. If the owners are discovered they could be prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act for failing to get treatment for a dog in their care.
The council keeps all stray dogs for seven days to allow time for the owner to come forward, and for the Dog Wardens to check on national websites that the dogs have not been stolen. After seven days, the dogs will go for re-homing to a rescue centre. Some dogs are re-homed directly to members of public by the Dog Wardens and they keep a register of people looking to offer a dog a home.
Councillor Heather Caird, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing at Chichester District Council says: “We make sure all dogs receive the love and care they need when they have lost their home. It is very upsetting for them and they are often frightened and confused, and in need of veterinary care. Many stray dogs are claimed, but if not we work hard ensure unclaimed dogs find a new home.”
On average 80% of dogs found by members of public do have a home. The dogs have just escaped from their garden. Most owners in this area love their pets and report them missing straight away. If you have found a stray dog you must report it to the District Council or return it to its owner. The owner will most likely have reported it missing.
If you would like to offer Apple a new home please contact Greyhound Rescue West Of England on 07000 785092 or through their website on www.grwe.com.
Anyone wishing to report an animal missing or seeking advice on animal welfare can call the Dog Wardens at Chichester District Council on 01243 534618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org