Thirty-one thousand people saw the shocking image of Star – a dog left to starve in Spalding – but one resident has felt compelled to do more than share her disgust that something like this could happen in the town.
Julie Pearson contacted the Spalding Guardian for help in launching an appeal to support the 18-month-old mastiff cross – now been cared for at Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Algarkirk – on her road to recovery.
She said: “When I saw the picture of Star, I had to do something. It was on my birthday, but all celebrations went out of the window – I immediately started contacting people to see what I can do.
“I don’t know how anyone could go to bed knowing their dog was starving. You expect to see things like this in a city, but not in Spalding.”
A ‘Star Appeal’ bin has been placed in the reception of the Spalding Guardian and already local businesses and residents have shown their generosity.
Rooke’s pet shop has donated a bed and toys, SAPS pet supplies food and toys, JB Shoe Repairs Ltd a Star engraved pink ID tag, Baytree Garden Centre a voucher for £20 for a harness and collar, with other donations of a blanket, food and toys.
Jo Hickson, manager at Jerry Green Dog Rescue, said she was delighted so many people wanted to help Star.
She said: “Star is such a lovely dog and in just a week since being here has put on four kilogrammes – about a quarter of her body weight – and is gaining strength.
“We’ve been keeping her in isolation kennels away from the public and other dogs for intensive care and she’s having lots of small meals.
“She had been eating her own faeces, so we are having to educate her that there is plenty of food.
“Because she is young, we are now looking at weeks rather than months before she has made a full recovery.”
Readers wanting to contribute to the appeal are being asked for blankets, toys, dog treats, tinned hot dogs, cheese spread and sardines.
Jo explained: “Treats and toys are very important in Star’s recovery because she has yet to learn to play.”
South Holland District Council dog warden Rachel Thompson is supporting the Star Appeal.
Since claims Star has been found tied up under a bridge along Coronation Channel, Rachel has since discovered the dog had been rescued from the owner by a couple who quickly found it needed more specialised care than they could offer.
Rachel said: “If they hadn’t rescued her and contacted me, Star would probably have been dead by now.
“There were 31,000 visitors to our Facebook page post – she really is a Star now.
“It’s marvellous what people are doing to help.”