A dog found buried alive under rocks in a “deliberate” act of cruelty which nearly killed him has now found a loving home.
Border Collie Jake, aged three, was found by shocked rescuers in November 2020 in the Highlands.
He was found by hillwalkers when his cries were heard and was in a coma by the time he was brought to a vets.
Jake was rushed to another clinic in Glasgow, and his injuries included multiple skull fractures as well as losing the sight in one eye.
But he has now been rehabilitated and found a loving owner with SSPCA inspector Mark Greener, who was one of the people sent to the scene.
After surgery on his injuries, Jake was able to spend Christmas with Mark, who found him with colleague Yvonne Sloss.
Six weeks of intensive treatment
Staff at the charity were shocked at the state he was in and he underwent six weeks of intensive treatment.
Inspector Yvonne Sloss said: “This was truly one of the worst cases I have ever experienced.
“When I first saw Jake I felt shock, sadness and disbelief that someone had deliberately done this to him.
“His head was so swollen and he was in a terrible way. We didn’t think there was any way he would make it.
“He was in a comatose state when we arrived at the vet where he received emergency treatment.
“Miraculously, Jake survived the night.
“It was only when he was transferred to our Glasgow vet clinic that we found out how bad it actually was.
“Poor Jake was in need of a lot of care to help him recover both mentally and physically.”
Fostered by his resucer
Jake has now been fostered by one of the people who rescued him.
Mark said: “When Jake came home with me, he was still incredibly fragile.
“His fractures hadn’t completely healed and he was unable to close his jaw.
“Jake required specialist care and it took time for him to come round and really heal.
“It took him a while to trust me but now that he does, we’re bonded forever.
“We are always outside and Jake loves to play.
“I really couldn’t imagine life without him now. I’m so thankful to the passers-by who found Jake.“Without them he may not have survived that day.
“But it’s also thanks to members of the public and Scottish SPCA supporters that Jake was able to be rescued and rehabilitated.
“We are only able to function due to funding from donations.
“These services which helped Jake to recover from his ordeal wouldn’t be here without the generosity of the public.
“I’m sure his experience still stays with him and always will but now he’s with me, we are doing all we can to make it a distant memory.”