Special home sought for traumatised pup

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THE Scottish SPCA is seeking a special home for a terrified little dog who was cruelly dumped on a busy Ayrshire road last October.

Betty, a two to three year old bichon frise, was found along with another dog at the side of the A70 Muirkirk to Douglas road. She was in a terrible condition, suffering from an untreated skin condition and badly matted hair.

When Betty first arrived at the charity’s Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre she was severely traumatised, unable to walk on a lead and very wary of humans, but despite all this she was very good natured.

Scottish SPCA staff quickly realised that Betty could not cope in the kennel environment. She would not even get out of her bed to relieve herself and the pads of her paws became ulcerated as she was not used to walking on hard surfaces, so the charity’s Animal Nurse Michelle MacDonald offered to foster Betty at home to help her learn to trust humans again.

Michelle said: “Betty has come a long way and enjoys a structured routine which has helped her anticipate what to expect and how to react.

“She is still wary of people but once she knows she can trust you all she wants to do is please you, she is an incredibly affectionate wee dog.

“Betty is now house trained, loves walking on her lead, playing with soft toys and adores lying on your lap for cuddles.

“She will require further ongoing training in her new home but at the moment she is just learning how to live in a home with people.”

Although Betty’s coat has been dematted and her skin condition is vastly improved she will require further veterinary treatment and her new owner will need to take this into consideration.

Scottish SPCA vet Tracey Rodger said: “Betty’s skin lesions have almost completely healed but she does demonstrate a tendency to over groom to the point where she is literally pulling her hair out, particularly around the base of her tail and this happens at times when she is feeling stressed. Because of this Betty needs to wear a buster collar when she is left on her own.

“She is currently on a long course of antibiotics for a deep skin infection and she gets regular medicated baths. Betty may require steroid therapy in future to control the itch.

“Taking all of these conditions into account we are looking for a very committed new owner who is willing and able to give Betty a permanent and loving home.”

Anyone interested in offering Betty the special home she needs can call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999 and ask to be connected to the Glasgow Centre.