A dog who was rescued by the RSPCA from ‘some of the worst conditions ever seen’ has now settled in Horsham - and won a top award.
Four-year-old Irish setter Bridie won the ‘best transformation’ category in the RSPCA’s alternive dog show - Ruffs.
Bridie was found in a shed in Bradford with 11 other Irish Setters - kept in small, filthy cages, with no bedding or even access to water. The dogs were dehydrated and underweight, and were left to suffer with untreated injuries and infections.
Bridie was terrified of the outside world and it took over a year of love, training, and TLC from animal centre staff, but Bridie eventually transformed into an affectionate and happy dog.
Julia Wrathall, from Horsham, adopted Bridie who now enjoys going into work everyday. At home, she’s bouncy, energetic, affectionate and sometimes quite mischievous, says Julia.
She added: “Her wonderfully positive nature has shone through, despite the horrors of her former life.
“This incredible transformation is huge testament to her willingness to grab hold of her ‘second chance’ with both paws. She is so inspiring, and it is almost impossible to feel ‘down’ in her presence. I feel really privileged to have her in my life.”
Ruffs celebrates the country’s dogs for their health and happiness unlike conventional dog shows which look at their appearance and breed standard.