Thousands of pounds have been raised for a neglected dog who was found weighing just eight kilos and had a “mouth of rotten teeth”, as the story touched many dog lovers’ hearts.
On November 28, a whippet lurcher cross arrived at the Frances Adores Bullbreeds dog sanctuary in Wellingborough, after the stray was found by a dog warden.
Believed to be around 11-years-old, the dog was found in a neglected condition and weighed half of what she should have.
The pooch, who has now been given the name Mabel, has now received medical treatment at Northampton St James Vet and has started to act “more alert” and “managed a little walk” without falling over.
Frances McGrath, the founder of the shelter and responsible for rehoming dogs for 35 years, told NorthantsLive: “Northampton St James is giving her fabulous care.
“The update this morning was really positive. She hasn’t quite turned the corner but has improved greatly from before.
“I don’t do this for recognition. It’s about Mabel and the cruelty of humans because this dog did not get like this overnight.
“If we know that at the end of the tunnel a dog can still have a happy pain free life, then we’ll do absolutely everything that we can for them.
“If people see dogs suffering – because somebody must have seen Mabel – don’t be afraid to ring a rescue centre, the RSPCA or even the police.
“There’s no excuse for a dog to be in this state.”
Although Mabel initially settled into her new home, she took a turn for the worse on December 6 and had to be rushed to the hospital.
Test results showed that she had low potassium levels and it was causing hypokalemia, which was affecting both her heart and muscles.
In addition to this problem, Mabel also had abscesses on her rotten teeth which was causing infections too.
Heartbreakingly, all these issues meant that she was struggling to fight.
However, thanks to remarkable fundraising efforts, her medical bills – which are at £1800 – have been covered by the shelter and the general public.
Frances said: “If she was going to leave us she would have gone by now. This girl is fighting.
“The fact that she survived Tuesday night (8/12) when she was very very poorly is great news. Mabel is a very nice temperament dog.
“Thankfully we are in a position where we are self-funded. Every now and again, we get a dog in that we can’t fund ourselves because we get unexpected bills.
“We’ve not thrown the money away. We’ve spent £6000 – £7000 on dogs that have gone on to live happy lives.
“I put the appeal up and our wonderful supporters I am blown away by, especially when times are so hard.”
Mabel has received donated toys, a bed and a knitted coat from the public, who have been touched by her story.
Frances added: “It’s lovely because everybody involved wants to be involved. They’re all behind us and behind Mabel 110%.
“It’s not about money, it’s about whether or not we can give this girl quality of life.
“If we know that at the end of the tunnel still can have a happy pain free life, then we’ll do absolutely everything that we can for that dog.”
Frances Adores Bullbreeds is able to house 20 pooches at a time and provide care, looking after dogs who may have medical or behavioural needs.
If you would like to donate, the PayPal is [email protected] Otherwise, you can contact Northampton St James directly on 01604 753300 and quote the account name of Reds Rescue (Frances McGrath).