A LURCHER is in foster care after being found covered in scars and with a foreleg fracture left untreated for months.
Chichester District Council dog wardens were called last Monday when Toot, named after Tutankhamun, was found in a ‘sorry state’.
“We had a lurcher handed in which had an untreated foreleg fracture – this has been left for months without treatment – he is also heavily scarred and he has possibly been used for badger baiting,” said Chichester dog warden Viviane Magrath.
“At one time his head must have been covered in open wounds. He is underweight and in a sorry state.”
Toot has now been adopted by Southern Lurcher Rescue.
“Southern Lurcher Rescue have placed Toot in a foster home and they are paying for all his medical treatment,” said Viviane.
“I am so grateful for their help and it is a relief to know Toot will be cared for properly after all he has been through.
“Toot is a lovely calm and very friendly dog – dogs are amazing.”
Viviane thanked all those who helped Toot have a happier ending to this sorry tale.
“His future would not have been bright without the help of so many people – the ladies who found him, the vets, Southern Lurcher Rescue, amazing to help this dog and pay for what could turn out to be large medical bills, and the foster carer who drove over from the Isle of Wight to collect him,” she said.
It was a busy start to the year for Viviane.
Last Monday she was called to one unclaimed patterdale terrier, two unclaimed lurchers and two jack russells whose owner had died and were in need of a new home.
Anyone who wants to report a stray dog can call the wardens on 01243 785 166, Monday to Thursday, 8.45am to 5.10pm, or Friday, 8.45am to 5pm.
If the call is out of hours call 01243 785339 or visit www.chichester.gov.uk/dogcontrol for more details.
For more information on Southern Lurcher Rescue visit www.southernlurcherrescue.org.uk.