Posted: November 02, 2015|
Blind dog who was tied up and left to die in remote country lane given a new home
A blind dog who was found tied to a pallet of bricks and left to die before being taken in by a West Malling rescue centre has found a new home.
The plight of Delphine the springer spaniel sickened animal lovers earlier this year after being dumped in a remote lane in Maidstone.
She was left with ear infections and cataracts in both eyes which left her virtually blind and taken into RSPCA Leybourne in West Malling.
Delphine did not take to life in the kennels but has apparently found her wag again after a couple, John and Anne Hopkins decided to take her home.
The couple, from Wokingham, spotted Delphine’s story on Facebook and made the 130-mile round trip to meet the spaniel four times before she joined the family.
Mr Hopkins said: “It is incredible how quickly she has learned to trust us. When we met her for the first time she was pacing around and when we touched her she flinched. She was extremely nervous.
“Delphine has gradually learned to relax with us. Her little tail never stops wagging now.”
Donations from the public paid for Delphine to have specialist veterinary treatment but her sight could not be restored.
At home, the Hopkins use voice commands to warn Delphine if there is a step up or down and they have put down mats to signal when she is going into different parts of the house.
Mr Hopkins added: “Delphine and Antonia are inseparable. Delphine has got her own bed but she prefers to squeeze onto the back of Antonia’s.
“She really is part of the family. We are so lucky to have her. I will never understand how anyone could part with her.”…. [Read the full article]
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