Abandoned pup was ‘skin and bones’ before amazing transformation at shelter

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A puppy that was left skin and bones after being abandoned, looks almost unrecognisable in a three-week transformation.

Pogo, a Staffordshire Bull terrier-cross, was found dumped in a cage outside a house in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, after a passer-by alerted the RSPCA.

Charity workers believe the dog was brought as a lockdown puppy and her owners had got bored and booted her out on November 11, 2021.

When she was rescued, officials rushed her straight to get veterinary treatment as the pooch was found severely underweight.

Her condition was so bad that the vet believed she wouldn't have survived if she was left out in the cold for any longer.

Officials said Pogo had no muscle mass at the time, which left her struggling to stand.

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Fortunately, she was rehabilitated at the Sheffield and District branch of the RSPCA and was able to gain nearly 3kg in just two weeks, reports The Star.

By Christmas, she had found her forever home and had been adopted by public health worker Rachel Belcher, who wanted to look after Pogo after she saw a playful photo of her.

Rachel, 34, said: “I was looking at adopting and the photo of her looking so happy and playful with a ball made me think she was a fun-loving dog who would be perfect for me.

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“Staff at the centre had called her Coco but with the help of my five-year-old nephew, we changed it to Pogo as she is always jumping around like a Pogo stick.

“She was fantastic at Christmas and enjoyed playing with the wrapping paper and is really enjoying her long walks, her cuddles, playing and all the attention she gets.”

Animal lead at the Sheffield branch, Hayley Crooks commented: “We are delighted to hear Pogo has fallen on her paws and is loving life in a new home.

“We had to help her build up her weight and put her on a special strict diet of four meals a day to help build her up.

"We also gave her an exercise plan of multiple small walks a day so as to not overdo what her little body was capable of; and to build some muscle in order to support her puppy bones.

"She was fantastic in our care – a true Staffy and has big sloppy kisses and a wiggly bum for everyone she meets!”

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