A malnourished puppy found abandoned in Stone Cross has made an amazing recovery thanks to the help of animal rescuers.
Matilda, a lurcher pup thought to be just 10-weeks old, was found by local photographer Hugh Wilton on Tuesday, March 8.
Hugh, concerned by the puppy’s poor condition, immediately contacted the Wealden dog wardens, who have begun to nurse Matilda back to health.
She is now being cared for by Cathy Ede-Morley, a dog warden who also runs a Facebook page which documents the rescue service’s work. She said, “Matilda has certainly pulled at the public’s heartstrings. We had more than 500 new likes on the page in 24 hours and her next morning post received the most likes in the five years the page has been running.”
When she was first found, Matilda was so malnourished her bones could be seen through her skin and her legs could not fully support her meagre weight.
But just a few days after being taken in by the service, Matilda began to regain weight and strength, playing happily with other dogs.
Once the puppy is fully recovered, Cathy hopes to find her - and many other abandoned and stray dogs - a new home.
Cathy said, “I am also trying to raise money for Eddie, a stray we have in that needs major surgery on his ears. The Kit Wilson Trust are kindly helping with some of the costs but they can’t take him in as they don’t have the room.
“They’ve had some of our stray dogs in for a couple of years now and I’ve found from talking to people that many don’t realise they exist.
“If we can get more people aware that they are a fab rescue to adopt from, and more dogs get rehomed from there, it will make spaces for future strays which means more of our strays can be helped by them, and we won’t have to find homes for so many.
“Without help from the Kit Wilson Trust, Eddie would be doomed as there’s only a small amount of funding for each dog from the council for emergency vet treatment. No council is going to spend up to £2,000 on each dog that needs these operations.
“Kit Wilson took two dogs with broken legs and a little terrier with hip dysplasia last year, these dogs alone must have cost them well over £5,000.”
More on Matilda’s story and about the dog wardens can be found at the service’s Facebook page.
Pictures by Hugh Wilton ( http://mcshug.shootproof.com) and Cathy Ede-Morley.
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