Puppy, found injured and abandoned, makes miraculous recovery

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 June 2014

Centre manager Nikki Tutton with Olive

Centre manager Nikki Tutton with Olive

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A PUPPY who was badly injured after being hit by a car and found abandoned in a park is now looking for a home after making a miraculous recovery.

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Olive, who got her name from RSPCA staff as she was covered in oil when she was found, is an eight-month-old Jack Russell.

On May 3, the RSCPA received a phone call from Vets4Pets in Weston’s Milton Road, after a member of the public dropped off the injured dog at the practice.

They had found the pup tied up in nearby Ashcombe Park, suffering from such serious injuries it was suggested she had been hit by a car.

RSPCA spokesman: “Unfortunately, most dog warden services do not have funding available to treat seriously sick or injured stray dogs.

“So despite each local council being responsible for stray dogs in their area, the RSPCA is called upon to use charity funds when these emergencies arise.”

Luckily for Olive, help was at hand and she was transferred to the RSPCA consulting vet Ann Parry in Highbridge for further care and treatment for what turned out to be a badly broken pelvis.

Ann, with her veterinary nurse husband Scott, nursed her intensively for several days.

It was uncertain as to whether the injury had caused further internal damage, which could have been fatal.

When the brave dog pulled through, staff at the RSPCA centre in Brent Knoll were delighted.

She was fostered at the home of the Brent Road centre’s manager, Nikki Tutton, and her husband Jim.

Olive had to spend the majority of her days and nights in a crate to keep her as still as possible and allow her injuries to heal.

Mrs Tutton said: “This was a real challenge keeping a puppy occupied that was feeling better and better every day and just wanted to run around and be mischievous.”

Almost two months later, although her injured leg is shorter than the others and will never be perfect, she is now running around and playing with the other dogs.

Mrs Tutton added: “This funny, happy and cheeky pup runs, plays and jumps about just like any other normal adolescent puppy

and is ready to find a committed home to take care of her, keep her safe from traffic and love her forever.”

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