Owner stapled dog's face to 'fix' horrific badger-baiting injury
LURCHER Comet is feeling much better after recovering from a horrific injury while being used for badger-baiting.
Staff at Hull Animal Welfare Trust's Sunnydene Shelter were appalled to see how the dog's owner had attempted to reconstruct its injured face.
Amy Bryan, manager of the shelter in South Cave, said: "The owner had used domestic staples.
"When it obviously didn't work, they dumped it at a vets, knowing they would be reported for badger-baiting if they took the lurcher in."
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Comet, who is believed to be about three years old, has been a resident of the shelter since last November.
"She is one of several animals desperately needing a home who has been with us for some time," said Ms Bryan.
Comet was injured in Lancashire.
Ms Bryan said: "We will take in pets from outside the area if they would otherwise have to be put to sleep in pounds."
Comet would be best suited to a home without small animals or children.
Ms Bryan said the shelter has a number of Staffordshire bull terriers that urgently need rehoming.
"I really like Staffies and I have one myself," she said. "Unfortunately, they had a bad press but I believe their reputation is not deserved.
"People will often say, 'Give me anything except a Staffie'.
It's really quite sad, because they are a lovely breed if brought up well.
"I would ask people to give them a chance."
The charity, formed 30 years ago, charges £125 for a dog and £70 for a cat.
Ms Bryan said: "All are animals are vaccinated, neutered and fitted with a microchip."
For more information about adopting a pet, call the centre on 01430 423986.