BEAUTY the dog has undergone a miraculous transformation which has won her an award.
Three years ago, she was rescued from a miserable existence where she was treated like a puppy-making machine, neglected and made to live in confined squalor.
Since then Beauty, a Newfoundland, has overcome adversity to pull through and is now happily living with her new owner, Maggie Dunlop in Portchester.
And to celebrate her incredible tale, she won an award in the RSPCA’s alternative version of Crufts – the Ruffs.
Ruffs organiser Violet Owens said: ‘Beauty was used as a breeding dog and was rescued by Kerry Dog Wardens in an appalling state.
‘She had no muscle and was extremely thin and it is believed she’d lived her whole life in a tiny confined space, producing litter after litter of puppies.
‘Beauty needed 12 teeth removed and had an untreated ear infection which took nine months to finally clear.
‘After so many years of abuse, Beauty was lucky enough to be adopted by a kind family who turned her life around.’
Her heartwarming story touched the hearts of the judges and it also proved popular with the public who voted Beauty as the winner of the Best Transformation category on the RSPCA’s Facebook page.
Beauty’s owner Maggie, of Westbrook Road, said they were delighted to win after her and husband Stuart started a drive to attract votes from all over the world – even receiving votes from Australia and South America.
She loves everyone, is great with all dogs and is Beauty by name as she is by nature.Maggie Dunlop
Maggie, 60, said: ‘Beauty was quiet and introverted when she came home but we have another rescue dog, Jade, a rottweiler, and they got on straight away.
‘Jade being older helped to show her “the ropes” and to do the things doggies like to do.
‘Beauty does not have a bad bone in her body. She loves everyone, is great with all dogs and is Beauty by name as she is by nature.
‘She will always be scarred by her experiences but she is happy now and that’s what matters.’
The Ruffs competition was held for the first time last year and hundreds of thousands of people voted.
It was set up to celebrate alternatives and challenge the traditional beauty pageant style dog shows – with canines that have overcome adversity.