SPRINGING about and playfully wagging his tail, Justin the dog is unrecognisable from the sorry state he was found in just six weeks ago.
The pictures of Justin and eight other abandoned dogs were so horrific that when caring pensioner Maureen Mackay saw them, she was so upset she set about fundraising for them.
The nine dogs were dumped in the Winchester district and when they were found on January 21, they were in such a bad state that they could not walk or see.
They were taken in by the RSPCA, with three sent to the Stubbington Ark in Ranvilles Lane, Fareham.
Yesterday, pensioner Mrs Mackey went to the Ark to hand over a cheque for £550 which she has raised by rallying the Lee-on-the-Solent community.
And the kindhearted lady got to meet one of the rescue dogs, Justin.
They looked like big heaps of mud and they were lucky to have been foundMaureen Mackay
Maureen, of Fell Drive, said: ‘I saw them and I was astounded.
‘I thought “I really have to do something to get some money raised for the care of these animals”.
‘They looked like big heaps of mud and they were lucky to have been found.’
Maureen was accompanied by her friend Sheila Gillie, who brought along her shitzu Jack.
Sheila, of Pier Street, said that it had been fun to help Maureen with her fundraising drive.
Sheila, 70, said: ‘She’s done so well.’
The women met Jan Edwards, the RSPCA inspector who has been keeping an eye on the dogs at the Ark.
There are three of the nine dogs at the Ark – Justin, Kate and Mavis – however two are still so shaken up by their horrifying ordeal that they could not come out.
Jan said: ‘The condition they were found in was horrific.’
Jan said the dogs had most likely been kept in confinement before they were dumped and said they had a range of health problems.
The RSPCA is working to overcome the dogs’ physical and mental health problems and the dogs, who are all poodle-cross breeds, will be up for rehoming soon. The RSPCA is still hoping to track down the person responsible for dumping the dogs, as there is concern that there may be more animals at the person’s property.
Anyone with information can call 0300 1234999 to leave a message for Jan Edwards.