Two tiny Chihuahuas found dumped by the side of a busy road have made a miraculous recovery and are now looking for a special new home.
When three-year-old Peggy and her six-week-old daughter Pip were found beside the A127 in Basildon, Essex on 31 August, things did not look good. Pip was suffering from major health issues which have left her blind and her mother was missing a foot on her rear leg, but after four months of care and treatment by the RSPCA, the pair are ready for rehoming,
Kathy Butler, dog coordinator at the RSPCA branch, said, "Pip was only a few weeks old when she was dumped with her mother and she was in a really poor condition.
"After initial investigations by vets she was referred to the Animal Health Trust and, following MRIs, ultrasounds and consultations with neurology and ophthalmology, we discovered part of her brain is missing, she’s blind, and has no functioning eyelids.
"She’s had a course of steroids and has eyedrops five times a day, a treatment she’ll need for the rest of her life. Funds raised to help with her treatment will go towards her future veterinary care.
"We don’t know what the future holds for Pip as the specialists had never seen a dog with her condition before, but it’s a miracle that she’s become such a wonderful, playful and feisty pup, and I have no doubt that she’ll live her life to the full."
Pip, who's now five months old, and Peggy have been in foster care for several month where they both get on well with other dogs, cats and children. Pip can be vocal at first as she figures things out. Her mother is a very content, affectionate dog and is coping well her injured leg.
"We would like to find this pair a patient and understanding owner who has a calm home environment with no children," Kathy added.
"It’s really important that they go to a new home with time to dedicate to them, who can slowly introduce them to the world and continue their training. Any doggie residents will have to be friendly and tolerant of Pip as she adjusts.
"Please only apply for these special dogs if you are willing to dedicate the time and commitment to a special needs dog, and have the time and energy to give them the lives they deserve. Despite their disabilities, Peggy and Pip are both active, loving dogs who do not let their issues slow them down!"