Dog res­cued from life in chains

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - RUBY NYIKA

A thick scar is still vis­i­ble around Mag­gie’s neck, only partly ob­scured by her choco­late fur.

As a puppy, Mag­gie was tied up out­side with a too-small chain and left there for months while 4cm deep wounds fes­tered around her neck.

When the SPCA found her at the owner’s prop­erty, the chain had be­come em­bed­ded into her neck and needed to be sur­gi­cally re­moved.

The owner was sen­tenced to 160 hours of com­mu­nity work, a three-year ban on own­ing an­i­mals and or­dered to pay $541.50 in repa­ra­tions.

But Mag­gie has found a happy end­ing with Vaughan Kes­tle and his fam­ily, who first met his ‘‘pedi­gree mon­grel’’ vis­it­ing the SPCA on a whim with his part­ner, Tanya Pod­jursky.

‘‘She was just bounc­ing up and down the win­dow, try­ing to see peo­ple. She was quite so­cial,’’ Kes­tle said. ‘‘I liked her straight away.

Kes­tle sees no need to stew over the past, but be­lieves Mag­gie’s first owner should be banned from ever own­ing an an­i­mal again.

Her re­cov­ery in the care of the SPCA was as­tound­ing, he said.

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