Neglected three-legged Yorkie finds her pawfect home

A neglected Yorkshire Terrier, who lost her leg in a dog attack, has found a home after being rescued by The Mayhew Animal Home.

Two-year-old Mini - formerly known as Mitzi - was found in a very bad way. She had been attacked by another dog in Brent, North London, which had left her with a fracture on her left shoulder blade. It became severely infected and needed urgent treatment.

Mini had been left to fend for herself, so Animal Welfare Officers brought her straight to The Home for their Vet Team to examine and treat her.

The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officer, Tania Mazzoni, said, "When we arrived we discovered that Mini had been attacked by another dog. She was absolutely terrified and there was matted blood all down her left side and she could hardly walk, we instantly knew she was in a bad way."

Animal Welfare Manager, Zoe Edwards, added, "Unfortunately we see a lot of unwanted dogs as they are bred purely to be sold for profit or used as a breeding machine. When they end up injured or not sold, the breeders abandon and dump them when they are no longer wanted. We ask that owners think responsibly about where they get their pets from and consider adopting a rescue dog."

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Mini shortly after she arrived

Vets discovered that Mini she was lethargic, dehydrated and had a very high temperature.

Mayhew Vet, Dr Áine Macguire, said, "We instantly started treating her for shock. She was placed on intravenous fluids and was given pain relief and antibiotics.

"Over her left shoulder there was a lot of matted blood, so we clipped and cleaned the wounds, which showed extensive and painful bruising. We booked her in for an examination and further flushing of the wounds under sedation when her condition was more stable."

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Being examined

Unfortunately Mini's condition deteriorated overnight and she was transferred to Out of Hours at RSPCA Putney where she could receive 24 hour intensive nursing care. During her time there, a swelling formed over Mini's left shoulder which was found to be a fracture of her left shoulder blade. The bone and tissue were severely infected and it was decided the best course of action was to amputate the left front leg.

Dr Áine Macguire added, "When she was stable following the surgery, Mini came back to The Mayhew to recover. She has coped really well with walking on three legs and it doesn’t seem to bother her at all. Three-legged dogs can still live happy and fulfilling lives."

Mini is now back on her paws and doesn't let her disability get in the way. She enjoys running, playing and jumping, and, due to her affectionate nature, found a forever home straight away.

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Mini’s new owner, Helle Hammonds, said, "Mini has settled in really well and gets on great with our other dog Missy. She is incredibly affectionate and loves receiving cuddles.

"Her disability doesn’t stop her from doing anything and she is forever trying to sit on my lap."