A Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was brought to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in a horrific state has found her happy ending.

Justine had a large burn on her back when she was found wandering London’s streets on 20 November 2017. After weeks of care by Battersea’s vets and dog behaviourists, the four-year-old found a new home with Tanya Martin and her family in London.

Justine in her new home

Battersea’s Head of Canine Behaviour and Welfare Ali Taylor said, “As Justine came to us as a stray, we’ll never know exactly what happened to her, but it looks like someone might have poured acid or boiling liquid on her. When she arrived, she was scared, shut down and very mistrustful of new people. Our veterinary team treated her physical wounds, while our behaviourists and kennel staff worked hard to help her learn to trust people again. After weeks of work, Justine was finally healed enough – physically and mentally – to find a new home.”

Justine on the road to recovery at Battersea’s Rehoming and Welfare Assistant Luana Lewis

Justine is now thriving in her new home. Tanya adds, “We call Justine our little fruit bat. She loves giving everyone kisses galore and she’s got no idea of personal space. She just wants to be around you all the time and loves snuggling under the covers in our beds. Justine’s scared of the kettle, which might have something to do with her past, and she doesn’t like loud noises. But she’s a sweet girl and she loves the kids so much. She knows exactly when the boys are coming back from school and she’s always there waiting for them.”


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