Heartbreak over a severely abused dog that was left ‘terrified of people’

A severely mistreated dog with a range of health conditions had to be removed from her cruel owners. Lucky to be alive, this pooch is one of many who faced neglect and abuse all over the country.

Heartbreak over an abused dog with one eye who was left ‘terrified of people’
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Heartbreak over an abused dog with one eye who was left ‘terrified of people’

Maddie was discovered severely underweight and suffering from painful medical conditions in her owner’s home.

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Luckily, the pup was nursed back to health. She is now looking for a new home.

The charity that took Maddie into their care warns that more and more dogs get abandoned in Britain and fewer people want to adopt them. They plead for the public’s support ‘to give more of them a second chance at a happy life.’

Maddie was left ‘terrified of people’

Maddie the French bulldog had been removed from her previous owner as a part of a prosecution case by the local council.

When discovered, she was underweight and had chronic eye conditions together with a whole host of other medical issues.

The pooch had completely ‘shut down’ following neglect at the hands of her humans.

Maddie was put into the care of Bristol Animal Rescue Centre (Bristol ARC) while she went through complex treatment for her painful eye conditions and rehabilitation.

Her carer, Rachel, said:

Maddie was very scared and confused when she first arrived here and it took a long time for her to be able to trust people.
Maddie's story

If Maddie could talk, she'd tell you how terrified she was when she first arrived here. She was so scared, she had almost completely shut down. She was underweight and suffering with a chronic eye condition that caused her constant pain. Our team cared for her and treated her conditions. Sadly she lost an eye in the process, but she's feeling much better now and is starting to really open up and trust people again. Her cheeky personality has started to shine through. Maddie still has a way to go, and we have many more animals like her who deserve a second chance at life. Without the team at Bristol Animal Rescue Centre, animals like Maddie wouldn't have a future. We need your support to keep helping, healing and homing them. Please donate today and give animals like Maddie a fighting chance: https://www.bristolarc.org.uk/donate/raise-money/spring-appeal/

Posted by Bristol Animal Rescue Centre on Tuesday, March 21, 2023

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According to Rachel, once Maddie started spending quite a lot of time with the charity staff, they started ‘seeing her quirky personality come to life’.

The animal lover added:

She is now very playful and can be quite the diva when she wants to be!

Maddie is looking for a new home

Bristol ARCis now looking for a new home for Maddie.

The pooch would like a house with a loving, patient owner who has a lot of time to spend with her – ideally someone who has a predictable routine.

Preferably she needs a family that has no intention of moving, so Maddie can get to know her surroundings and get used to the home she will live in for the rest of her life.

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Sadly, Maddie is just one of many animals who arrive at Bristol ARC with significant medical issues.

Jodie Hayward, animal home manager at the rescue centre said:

Many pets are going without urgent medical care, particularly during the cost of living crisis and unfortunately, we are picking up the pieces. More animals are coming into our care with complex needs, and fewer people want to adopt them. We need support to give more of them a second chance at a happy life.

Staff and volunteers are seeing an increase in pets arriving with untreated medical conditions, which means they’re staying longer too. The average stay for a dog is up from 85 days to 93 days.

You can make inquiries about Maddie via Bristol ARC’swebsite. The charity also asks to donate to their Spring Appeal to help more vulnerable animals like her.

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Sources used:

- Metro: 'Dog with one eye saved after being severely mistreated by owner'

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