Dog rescued from life in chains
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.