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This West Highland White Terrier was picked up on the by pass,  terrified, hungry, and with a horrendous skin condition.  His skin was like hardened black leather.  It took many months of treatment and special shampoos to get him fit for adoption.

Luke and Leah

Luke and Leah are brother and sister, they came in to us from a dog pound in north Lancashire, they were on death row and about to be put down, not for any other reason than they were unclaimed but they would not be claimed as they had both been dumped after serving their purpose as bait dogs to bloody the potential fighting dogs.  Bait dogs are muzzled, chained to a post and the pit bulls practice on them, the bait dogs are used over and over again, they are starved and finally killed or abandoned.

When they came in they were both covered in old scars, fresh scars and even fresh wounds, they were like walking skeletons.  It took us months to bring these dogs round, they didn’t trust people, they were nervous and frightened of people and other dogs.  Some of their wounds were infected and they needed very careful, regulated feeding to bring them up to fitness.  They have now both been found loving homes.

Neglected Yorkshire Terrier

A yorkshire terrier was brought in by the Dog Warden and although she was well fed she was terribly matted and dirty, with claws so overgrown that the dog was in constant pain.  After being clipped and bathed she was found to have open weeping sores on her hind legs.  Her dew claws were clipped off at the vets, these hind claws had grown round and round like coiled springs.  The front claws were growing into her leg.  The rest of her claws were badly overgrown.  This little dog was clearly in pain and distressed.  This is the result of long term neglect.

Yorkie before

Before treatment.


Yorkie after

After treatment


Yorkie sore

The open sore on the hind leg.


Overgrown claws

The overgrown spiralled dew claws.

Holly the Chocolate Labrador

Holly is a Chocolate Labrador who was bred until she could no longer produce enough puppies.  She was covered in mange and dumped.



More thanks!

I would like to say a big thank you to Mary and Pet of Vale Carpets. Ruthin for bring lots of good clothes and other items for us to sell in the Charity Shop. These have all been passed on to the shop and I am sure that they will sell well.

Thank you both so much for your generosity and for taking the time to bring the goods into the Sanctuary.



I would like to thank all of the people who so generously donated to Capricorn this weekend at the Broughton Retail Park, also thanks to Security for allowing us to come along and collect, and for helping hold our gazeebo down on Sunday. Special thanks to Heather, Lin, who collected on Saturday and to Liza Dodds and family (including Bobby the Pomeranian) who came along for the morning, we collected £408 . 60p and on the Sunday special thanks to Lin, Susie, Sue, Sian and Maureen, we collected £299 . 38p, so the total raised for the Sanctuary over the weekend was a fantastic £707 . 98p. Thank you all so much for giving your time and for chatting to so many people, it was a wonderful weekend.

Animal Welfare Law

Most people do not know that not getting sick animals veterinary treatment is neglect and cruelty  under the new Animal Welfare law. These two little male kittens were brought in by their owner, they are half the weight they should be, full of fleas, half the size, extremely thin, discharge from their eyes and nose and the other end as well. We took them in to the veterinary hospital immediately where they were given antibiotic injections, flea spray, eye drops and antibiotic tablets. The vet is not sure they will survive. If people cannot afford veterinary treatment because they are on benefits, there are schemes run by the PDSA and the RSPCA to help with necessary veterinary treatment.

We have named the kittens Micky and Monty.

Feature: Rhubarb

Feature: Rhubarb

This little Jack Russell Terrier is Rhubarb, he has been stolen from the Sanctuary by a couple, late forties – early fifties, and their late teenage son, who has ginger hair.  Rhubarb, had just had surgery when he was stolen, he needs veterinary attention, he is now also due to have his inoculation booster.  He is identi chipped and flagged as stolen.  Police forces have been notified and have a copy of his picture, he has been posted on Owl Alert, all dog wardens in surrounding areas have been notified, and we are sending posters out to all veterinary surgeries in surrounding areas. This theft was planned and orchestrated over two days. Anyone who sees this dog,can they please let us know.

Abandoned Animals

The last few weeks have seen us taking in quite a few abandoned animals.  I know we always get them, but some are more unusual than others and some are in a worse state than others, needing urgent medical treatment.

Rabbits abandoned, crammed into a small box.  Left in Alyn Waters Country Park, Llay, Wrexham.

Abandoned Rabbits


Cats left in a box in Rakes Lane one night recently.



Mickey, a cross breed dog about 9 months old.  Reuben, a whippet lurcher about 9-10 months old and Rene, a Jack Russell cross bitch about 2-3 years old.


Abandoned Dog 1


Abandoned Dog 2


Abandoned Dog 3

Al is a German Shepherd dog who was brought in by the Dog Warden, so far unclaimed.  He is extremely emaciated, no fur, had cataracts and when he was brought in he wasn’t far from dying.  He is now getting 5 small feeds a day and, although still a little wobbly on his legs, is improving daily.



Al 2


Queenie, a female white goat who was abandoned and found wandering around Queensferry.




Horace, a large male Alpine goat, found wandering in Penyffordd.




Skeletal Lurcher

This young lurcher, only a 9 month old puppy, starved until he is skeletal.  Judging from all of the scars and wounds all over him he has been used as bait for fighting dogs.


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