Category: “Case History”

Dumped Guinea Pigs

This unit had been found this morning dumped in our car park, in the early hours. In the top are two guinea pigs, in the bottom there is what seems to be a mother and two youngsters. It would have been so much better for us and for the animals if the owners had just asked us to take them in, that way we could have important information such as, age, sex, any treatment given or needed. It costs us money every time this happens as we have to have a vet investigate all possible problems with 5 animals, instead of being advised quite simply. We ask, please, that anyone in a similar situation conquers any embarrassment, fear or other associated feelings which causes them to dump animals at our doors, please, pick up the phone prior, email us or message us on facebook, we are here for the animals and have no further interest in your reasoning, the least that you could do is save us the few precious pounds that fund our charitable organisation by contacting us to arrange the animals to come in within the proper channels.

This sort of homemade housing is just not suitable to house animals. The doors has been screwed closed and the wood was porous soaking up all the urine. It would be very simple for them to have chewed their way out. These particular animals are on urine sodden hay with urine sodden paper underneath. After our first examination the little things seem to have a couple of nasty scars and a mite infestation. They’ll be taken to the vet at the first opportunity and we hope that there is no further issues.

Although we’d like to think there was a moral expectation from human beings this is clearly not enough of some, the law is also on our side in circumstances like this, owners of animals have a legal responsibility to ensure suitable housing, basic health care, such as claw clipping, teeth checking, flea & mite treatment, worming, neutering. Before getting a pet, potential owners need to do research into the needs of their wanted pet, if they cannot afford to meet those needs then they should find an alternative pet which they can meet the needs of.



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.



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.


Steph the Kitten

This little kitten/cat, only 7 months old and heavily pregnant, had to have emergency surgery to remove the kittens and spay her to save her life.  She was too small, thin and weak to enable her to go through with having and rearing the litter, as well as being too young.  She was handed in to us because the owner didn’t want the bother of her now she was pregnant!  She is now recovering and putting on weight.


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