Mauled dog loses its fight for life, sparking a campaign by Osbournby rescue centre

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This poor dog lost its fight for life last night, after being rescued by an Osbournby-based dog rescue centre.

The hairless Chinese crested dog, a five-year-old called Purdy, was rescued from a dog pound in Yorkshire by Sue Harrowell, who runs The Yorkshire Terrier & Toy Breed Rescue.

The dog, weighing just 6kg, suffered appalling injuries after it was apparently mauled by a much larger animal and its condition worsened after a week in a dog pound.

She was found by a member of the public in the Leeds area and taken to a vet who reported it as having been handed in. She was later put in a pound and kept there for seven days, as per regulations.

Sue, whose rescue organisation was based in Grantham for many years, sprang into action after being alerted to the dog’s plight by contacts on the social networking site Facebook. She believed the dog, which was about the size of a miniature poodle, may have been used as bait for a fighting dog.

She monitored the dog’s progress with daily phone calls to the pound, and even begged to be able to bring it to Grantham.

It finally arrived at the rescue centre on Monday afternoon. Sue and Vets4Pets vet James Cook worked tirelessly to stabilise the little dog ahead of her scheduled surgery this morning (Thursday), and she was kept on a intravenous drip.

But she was in such a bad way that she did not make it to the operating table and died on last night.

Sue said: “I’m so angry at the pound for failing to provide the standard treatment. I’ve worked in animal rescue for over 30 years and I can see it’s getting worse. Pounds don’t give the treatment they should because they’re council-owned and councils have to pay for it.”

Purdy’s treatment, which was to total £1,500, was being paid for by donations from animal lovers who were as appalled as Sue at the lack of treatment received by the little pooch.

Sue has now vowed to start a campaign called Purdy’s Promise to take action against council-run pounds which do not provide necessary treatment for the dogs in their care.