A DOG that was dumped in a ditch at a beauty spot by its owner has won a bravery award.
It is only down to the life-saving work of vets that Hope, a mastiff cross, is still alive.
The canine was dumped by its owner at Butser Hill, near Clanfield.
She was found collapsed, emaciated, dehydrated and almost dead in February last year.
The dog was nursed back to health by vets and nurses at Archway Veterinary Practice, in Dragon Street, Petersfield.
The hound has now won the 2010 prize for bravery from the practice.
Diana Dimmock, secretary at Archway Veterinary Practice, said: ‘A kind member of the public who was walking her own dog found Hope and immediately contacted the surgery.
‘She required emergency intravenous fluid therapy, feeding and warming up because she was hypothermic.
‘She was so weak that even lifting her head was an effort for her.
‘Fortunately she rallied well and went on to make a miraculous recovery.’
Vets said it was evident the dog had been starved for many months before being dumped.
Mrs Dimmock said Hope now weighs double her original weight and now has a fantastic home with a loving family.
She added: ‘They describe her as a cheeky thing with bundles of energy!’