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This little dog is a miracle

Shep is a lovely little dog who has really been to hell and back. He has suffered severe cruelty and abuse, but thanks to the courage and bravery of two elderly ladies, this young lad now has the opportunity to have the life he deserves. This is his story.

Shep was roughly seven months old when he came into Wiccaweys Rescue, having being rescued from the most appalling conditions. He had been kept locked in a rotting shed all his life, and he was only fed when his owner remembered. Then he would have to fight rats for his food as they would steal it. He had rain water to drink. He lived and slept in his own mess and was kept on a chain at all times. The only contact he had with his owner was either a boot or a fist.

The shed where Shep livedHeartbreaking
He first came to the ladies' attention when they moved in next door to his owner and they could always hear dogs crying but not see them. They phoned a large rescue organisation whose Inspector was less than helpful. They had to phone several times before he came to investigate. When he finally came to investigate, he took one poor dog away immediately to be pts as it was in such a terrible condition, but left Shep there saying he had no grounds to remove him - he had access to water!?!

The owner agreed that Shep could go outside during the day and would then drag him out of the shed in the morning, chain him up in the yard all day, and then throw him back in the evening.

The plan to rescue Shep
These incredible ladies then took it upon themselves to help Shep. They crept around every day once his owner had gone to work to feed him, socialise and play with him. He had an old glove to play with and a ball. They had to make sure everything was taken home again before his owner returned. It broke their hearts to know what Shep faced when his owner got home.

Shep relaxing at WiccaweysThey kept this up for several weeks whilst planning their next move. Finally the day came and as soon as Shep's owner had left, they were round there with bolt cutters to release Shep. They took their camera and photographed the yard and conditions Shep was living in.

Then they went into the shed
The sight that met their eyes is something that will haunt them forever. Laying on the floor in front of them, still with a chain attached was the skeleton of a curled up dog, Border Collie sized. All that remained was a piece of hair on the tail. Poor Shep had been living alongside his dead friend.

What I would like to know is - did the Inspector go in with his eyes shut?

Shep has now been re-homed thanks to these two wonderful ladies. Considering what this poor lad has been through he is quite a remarkable boy. He is friendly, desperate to trust and bond and very loving, probably because of all the socialising and playing he received from the ladies.

Shep is now a loving and loved dog.
He is tri-colour with quite a white face. He has one pale golden eye and one blue. He is quite small in size.
Shep does have a very overshot jaw which gives him a very sweet expression.
This little dog is a living miracle.

Final comment from his previous owner
When that Shep had gone, he said to the ladies, 'Good bloody riddance - more trouble than it was worth! The elderly ladies smiled sweetly and said nothing. In my eyes they are angels.

If you feel you can offer a home to a dog like Shep,
please telephone Sarah on: 07905 203254.
Or visit our website to see other dogs needing home at
Wiccawys is not a kennels, and is not open to the public.
Meeting a dog is purely by appointment only, after an initial telephone call from the interested adoptee.



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