A terrier dog who was beaten and left bleeding by his former owners has bounced back to health and happiness after he was rescued by the RSPCA.
Terrier cross Max was plucked to safety by the charity’s animal rescuers and police when he was discovered with severe injuries at his former home in North Yorkshire.
RSPCA inspectors were called to help the little white terrier after one of his owners was overheard bragging in the pub that the little dog had been beaten and there was ‘blood everywhere’.
Rescuers found Max cowering – huddled in a corner, severely injured and covered in blood. Nearby was a bloodstained metal colander and an axe.
Vets later found burns and wounds on Max’s little body which suggested he had been beaten with the colander. He was taken into RSPCA care and after treating his injuries staff worked with Max to rebuild his shattered confidence and give him the veterinary care and kindness that he desperately needed and deserved.
Eighteen months on, he has made a remarkable recovery – thanks to a loving new home with James Taylor.
James fell in love with the little dog when they saw his profile at RSPCA York Animal Home last year and took him home during lockdown last summer.
He said: “I cannot believe how he has bounced back again. He is such a joy to be around.
“We haven’t been able to take him to many places because of lockdown but we did take him to a pub garden for the first time not long ago and he was just wonderful. He took it all in his stride and seemed to really enjoy himself.
“I will always be so grateful to the RSPCA for saving Max and rescuing him from an awful situation. While he still has some issues caused by his injuries he is such a happy little dog. So well behaved and full of love, he is a wonderful companion. The staff and volunteers at York Animal Home really have worked wonders with him.”
The RSPCA has launched a campaign to ‘Cancel Out Cruelty‘ as figures show that the animal welfare charity has received almost 100,000 reports of intentional harm to an animal over the last five years.
Dermot Murphy, RSPCA chief inspectorate officer, said: “It is incredibly worrying that still in 2021 we are seeing this high level of cruelty towards animals. The scale of this issue is disturbing and the level of cruelty our officers are seeing on the frontline everyday goes up in the summertime.
“With the help of the great British public we hope we can Cancel Out Cruelty and help more animals like Max.”