A starving puppy that was dumped near Thornberry Animal Sanctuary is on the road to recovery and almost ready for adoption thanks to some love from sanctuary staff.
Buttercup, a Shar Pai cross, was brought to the North Anston animal centre recently with her all fur missing due to a severe case of demodetic mange.
It is thought that the poorly pup was abandoned by her owner due to her skin condition, which has been treated by Wildbore vets.
Hannah, yard manager, said: “It was heartbreaking to see Buttercup in such a state. She is such an affectionate pup that just wanted cuddles, but was in agony due to the mange.
“She’s only 16 weeks old but it’s obvious that as soon as her skin condition appeared she was abandoned, either by the breeder or new owner, which is such as shame as she’s such a loving little dog.
“We’ve been treating her with medication for the mites, daily medicated baths, antibiotics and food supplements to reduce the mange and help encourage her hair to grow back.
“We’ve also made sure we’ve shown her lots of love, care and attention so she can grow up and become a loving member of a family when she’s ready for adoption.
Hannah went on: “Buttercup is not out of the woods yet and the vet has said she still has possible a few months of treatment left, but, she’s got to the stage where she can now go for walks in the sunshine, which has meant the world to her.
“Her little tail was wagging and she was so giddy when I put her o n the lead to take her out for the first time.
“From all at the sanctuary, and from little Buttercup, we’d like to thank everyone for their kindness - it means everything to us.”
To donate to Buttercup’s care and that of other animals at the sanctuary, text VETS19 followed by £1, £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.