Woody the Lurcher was found tied to a tree with a broken leg in Angram Woods, Harrogate, back in May. Following emergency surgery, Woody is now recovering and he's also found his forever home.
That new owner was one of the first people to help care for him after his traumatic ordeal. Woody was taken to Abbey House Veterinary Hospital for an emergency operation and one of the team at the Morley based vets was Louise Denby, a dispenser at the centre.
Louise says, "I first spotted him when he was being taken outside to go to the toilet. He couldn’t walk properly and he looked so sad, my heart went out to him. I gave him a cuddle and then spent time with him every day, whenever I could.
"After he had started to recover from his operation, he headed off to Dogs Trust Leeds. As soon as he went I missed him and couldn’t get him out of my head so I went along to discuss whether we could rehome him. We were over the moon when we were told we could. I visited him every day until he was able to come home with us."
Named Woody by the team at Dogs Trust Leeds, the 18-month-old is well on his way to making a full recovery, enjoying short walks and he has become firm friends with the family’s dog, Rocky.
"He is doing so well," says Louise. "He attracts a lot of attention on his walks and everyone wants to know his story. He seems to thoroughly enjoy it! Considering he has been through so much he’s incredible. He adores everyone and we all of course adore him. He loves relaxing on the sofa with us and none of us can imagine life without him. He’s wonderful and it’s a privilege to have been able to give him a loving home."
Amanda Sands, Manager at Dogs Trust’s York Road Rehoming Centre, says, "We were all so shocked when we heard how Woody had been abandoned and left in so much pain. He’s a really sweet boy and to see him now, living happily with Louise and her family is brilliant. We couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome for him."
Photo: Louise and her daughter, Katie, on the day they took Woody home.