A four-legged friend found roaming the streets of Peterborough, cold, wounded and malnourished has the spring back in his step thanks to his new family in Milton Keynes.
Alfie won over the hearts of many animal-lovers when he was rescued by the RSPCA in November.
The one-year-old crossbreed was found 60 miles away in Peterborough, skinny and with awful wounds to his back legs which are thought to have been caused by being dragged behind a car.
Alfie underwent surgery to his wounds and was cared for by RSPCA staff at Blackberry Farm Animal Centre, in Buckinghamshire, while he waited for a new home.
On January 23, Alfie went home with Joseph Taple and his partner, Donna Lester, to start his new life at their Milton Keynes home.
Joseph said: “Alfie is settling in really well considering his previous history and how he was found.
“He’s responding very well to house training and commands, and is very well-behaved. He is full of energy and loves his play time in the garden.”
Inspector Justin Stubbs, who was called in to investigate Alfie’s case, was shocked when he first saw the dog’s condition and injuries.
“It was so heartbreaking that someone could have done this to him so callously,” he said.
“But I’m so pleased we were able to save him, nurse him back to health, and find him a wonderful new home.
“Happy endings like Alfie’s are what makes this job, and working for the RSPCA, so worthwhile.”
Joseph added: “We cannot imagine how anybody could inflict so much pain and cruelty on an innocent animal.
“We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to give Alfie a new start in life, which is just what he deserves.
“He’s brought so much happiness to us and our home, he is totally spoilt, and has everything he could ever wish for, including our love and attention. He’s definitely one happy chappy!”
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Joseph added: “We think the RSPCA do an outstanding job with all of their animals, and the charity has certainly done an amazing job with Alfie. We always watch RSPCA documentaries on TV and are aware of the time and effort it takes, on a daily basis, to help these animals.”