A dog who was found starving and tied up under a bridge on Coronation Channel, Spalding, has made a full recovery in a matter of weeks thanks to excellent care at Jerry Green Dog Rescue, Algarkirk, and a huge response to an appeal by a local resident in this paper.
Star, an 18-month-old mastiff cross, had gained four kilograms in a week – about a quarter of her body weight – last time we spoke to Jo Hickson, manager at Jerry Green Dog Rescue.
Three weeks on Jo says Star is showing signs of a “normal, healthy dog” and was given the all-clear from the vet on Friday.
She said: “Soon Star will be ready to go up for adoption and we will be looking for the perfect home.
“It needs to be away from the area she was found because that is still a bit raw.
“She deserves a home in a rural area with a big family who have lots of time for her, somewhere she can really be the star attraction.”
Star is no longer in isolated kennels and, although reserved, is starting to play with other dogs. Jo said using positive reward based training she is already learning to ‘heel’, ‘sit’ and give her ‘paw’ on command.
“She is on quite a balanced diet now, still eating little and often but she is gaining weight every day.
“If you saw her walking down the street now you wouldn’t have any idea what trauma she has been through.”
Local resident Julie Pearson launched an appeal for donations to help Star’s recovery and Jo said the response has been “overwhelming”.
Treats and toys were especially appreciated because Star was yet to learn how to play.
Jo said: “She is definitely learning what toys are. We can’t thank the public enough.”
The Lincolnshire Free Press and everybody at Jerry Green Dog Rescue – especially Star – would like to say a huge thank you to all who donated gifts.
Star has been inundated with home comforts, accessories, toys and food which has encouraged her speedy recovery.
After the all-clear from the vet Star is looking for a new home and a family to love as much as everybody has loved her during her recovery.