The RSPCA is appealing to find a home for Rex, a one-year-old Presa Canario who was rescued in Stechford, Birmingham, last October. He was found crudely tethered with a climbing hook through the skin of his neck. To add to his suffering, Rex was also battling the resulting infection. It is likely he was left with the hook through his flesh for days, as his skin had started to grow around the hook by the time he was rescued.

Rex’s former owner was disqualified from keeping animals for ten years and Rex has made a full recovery in the RSPCA’s care. The one-year-old is now at the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Centre and is ready for his new home.

Kelly Legg, kennel supervisor at the RSPCA’s Newbrook Animal Centre, in Frankley Green, said, “Rex is our super hero. He suffered the most horrific injury but he has been so brave since day one and he has made a fabulous recovery.

“Rex is a very tall dog and weighs 37kg – he is a young puppy trapped inside a giant body. He gets very excited when he is in familiar surroundings and is very unsure when faced with something new. We are working hard to expose him to as many new things as possible, such as going out for rides in a car, meeting new people and having baths. He does get used to things quite quickly.”

Rex is friendly with other dogs, and could live with another dog in the house.

“Rex has suffered at the hands of people, but he has shown that he has such a huge heart and wants to be friends with everyone,” Kelly said.

To enquire about rehoming Rex, call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8585.

Images by RSPCA.


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