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    • 08 Jun, 2017

    Golden Oldie Found Abandoned on the Streets

    A nine-year-old dog, who was shockingly abandoned and discovered in a bad condition, has now found the pawfect home thanks to The Mayhew Animal Home.

    The Golden Labrador, named Pattie, was found wandering the streets near Kensal Green by a member of the public. The friendly pooch was going in and out of people’s front gardens, so the member of the public decided to bring her in to The Mayhew.

    The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officer, Tania Mazzoni, said: “We were first alerted to Pattie, when a member of the public brought her in to the Home.”

    Pattie with our Dog Foster Coordinator, Janet Nobbs

    “When she first arrived, Pattie was very wobbly on her feet, her skin looked very sore and she was extremely tired, so much so she fell asleep in our intake room. We believe that she may have been wandering around the area for a good while before she was spotted.”

    “At The Mayhew we are dedicated to helping hundreds of people in crisis situations every year. We wish whoever had abandoned poor Pattie had contacted us first or another rescue shelter, so we could help. We do not judge and we are here to assist and advice on the best course of action for the animal, no matter what the problem is.”

    Our Vet Team immediately made sure Pattie was given a thorough health check and that she was comfortable.

    The Mayhew’s Vet, Dr. Emma Robinson, said: “When Pattie first came in she had very red and itchy skin with big hairless patches. We believe she had a form of allergic dermatitis, a skin disease triggered by contact with a particular substance such as grass, house dust mites or other environmental allergens.”

    “We gave her a deworming tablet and flea treatment and also prescribed her medicated bathes twice a week for a couple of weeks.”

    “Pattie’s ears had also become sore and infected and she was limping due to having stiff, inflamed joints. We prescribed her ear medication and anti-inflammatory pain relief. After a few weeks having regular parasite treatment and being put on a good diet, her skin and ears improved hugely.”

    Thankfully after being neutered, removing a broken molar that was infected and taking two lumps off her eyelids that had been rubbing on her eyes, Pattie was soon back to her happy and adorable self in no time.

    Pattie, now renamed Lily, in her new home

    As soon as she was showing off her friendly and affectionate character, Pattie found a new home straight away. She has since been renamed Lily and is enjoying her new life in her loving home, and particularly enjoys belly rubs.

    Her new owner, Eric, said: “As we never had a dog before, we were a little apprehensive, but Lily has been absolutely fantastic from day one. She quickly settled in, is very friendly with other people and dogs and really enjoys her walks in the local parks.”

    Pattie, now renamed Lily, enjoying her new home

    Our Animal Welfare Officers and Vet Team respond to hundreds of abandoned, neglected and abused animals every year and provide ongoing support to carers and pet owners in vulnerable situations. Find out more about their work by visiting here and please consider a donation to help them help even more animals like Pattie.

    If you or anyone you know needs to speak to a Mayhew Animal Welfare Officer, then you can call us on 020 8962 8000.

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