Her life was in threat after a horrific accident - but now aptly-named alsatian Destiny has a bright future thanks to a new rescue centre.
The one-year-old dog has been given a life-line by Central German Shepherd Rescue (CGSR) - co-founded by Wyberton woman Diane White.
“She’s such an amazing, friendly dog despite what she’s been through,” said Diane.
Destiny was left with serious injures after a road accident earlier in May, some months after she was allegedly stolen as a puppy. She suffered a broken pelvis, dislocated hips and soft tissue injuries to her groin.
A micro-chip scan revealed the identity of her original owners. However, they could not afford to pay the £1,700 vet bills so signed a ‘put to sleep’ form. The vets felt she deserved a chance at recovery and asked CGSR for help.
Trustee Bev Chamberlain, of Quadring, said: “She is a friendly girl who is now up on her feet and wagging her tail again. She has a foster home in Spalding and Sutterton Veterinary Centre has taken over her medical needs. Her care is very expensive and we’ve been holding lots of fundraising events. We would appreciate any donations however small.”
Bev, Diane and two other friends, Kym France, and Marlene Aspden, set up the rescue centre a few months ago after realising there wasn’t a site specialising in the breed in this area of the country.
The centre, in Pinchbeck, currently cares for five dogs - with three more in foster care. They also work to educate people about the pitfalls of ‘backyard breeders’, puppy farms and ‘free-to-a-good-home’ adverts on the internet.
Diane said it: “It’s really important people do not dump their dogs if they can’t look after them. It puts them in a very dangerous situation as you don’t know who could pick them up and what horrid situation they could be left in.”
Volunteer Loraine Walker added: “One of the aims of the rescue is to promote responsible ownership and we feel Destiny’s story highlights how essential it is for owners to be vigilant against dog theft and to get dogs microchipped.”
l For details about the dogs and how you can help visit www.cgsr.co.uk/index.html.