Article in Cambridge News
A sheepdog puppy who was found on the brink of death with matted fur, covered in maggots, has had his life turned around as he jets off to Saudi Arabia with his new owner.
Nine month old Dudley was found in his ex-owners garden tethered up with no shelter, food or contact with people – apart from when he was being abused. The poor pup had nearly been starved to death when he was rescued by Carol Harris from Jaybeth animal sanctuary, near Haverhill.
Carol said: “He had been starved almost to death. When he first came here his collar had been on him since he was about 10 weeks old, it was almost choking him to death as well. “He couldn’t eat or drink because fur was matted around his mouth and there were maggots in there.” “His muscles had wasted away, he could hardly stand at just 16kilos – he’s now near 40kilos and that’s in just 16 weeks. “To look at him at the start you couldn’t help but see what a bag of bones he was.”
Dudley was stripped of all his fur and the strangling collar cut off to give him his freedom back, and allow him to eat again. Remarkably Dudley never once showed any sign of turning on people. “He was one of nine puppies and Dudley found the wrong home but he never held it against anyone,” said Carol. She added: ” He’s a lovely, lovely dog, loves everyone.”
After recovering at Jaybeth Dudley met Julie McGrath and it was love at first sight for the duo.
Julie – who had recently lost another dog – fell for Dudley and began coming to Jaybeth to walk him, three weeks later Dudley moved in and the two became inseparable. Carol said: “He goes more or less everywhere with Julie. He’s never alone now, he’s really landed on his paws. “He’s really happy now, when I went over to take him to his new home he bowled straight in, knocked a glass of wine over and then licked it all up. So his first day there was a little tipsy.”
Dudley is also set to become quite the jetsetter as he flies off to Saudi Arabia to keep Julie company on her frequent travels there. “Julie travels quite a lot to Saudi and so she’s taking him with. I can just see him on an airplane,” said Carol.