Un­luck­i­est dog Max needs a lov­ing home

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

A pooch from Peter­bor­ough named as the RSPCA’s un­luck­i­est dog is look­ing for a new home.

Three year-old Staffie Max has been ne­glected by own­ers, suf­fers from se­ri­ous skin al­ler­gies, dis­lo­cated his knee and has even been di­ag­nosed with arthri­tis - but is hop­ing his luck will change with a new home.

The Stafford­shire bull ter­rier ar­rived at the RSPCA’s Black­berry Farm An­i­mal Cen­tre in Ayles­bury, Buck­ing­hamshire, over a year ago - on March 9 2017.

An­i­mal care as­sis­tant Har­ri­son Fos­ter, who’s been look­ing after Max, said: “He came into our care after be­ing res­cued from ter­ri­ble con­di­tions. He was unloved and ema­ci­ated.”

A few weeks after be­ing signed over by his pre­vi­ous own­ers, who lived in Peter­bor­ough, and were strug­gling to cope, Max de­vel­oped a rash which he had soon itched red raw. Vets tried lots of dif­fer­ent treat­ments for skin al­ler­gies but his itch­ing con­tin­ued for al­most a year.

“We fi­nally man­aged to get his al­ler­gies under control,” Har­ri­son said, “and he’s likely to need to stay on treat­ment for life. But he still wasn’t out of the woods yet.”

In Oc­to­ber, Max went to an an­i­mal hos­pi­tal in Birm­ing­ham for surgery on his dis­lo­cated knee. He needed lots of spe­cial­ist care and rest after his op but vets fi­nally gave him the all-clear when a round of fi­nal x-rays showed that this young lad had de­vel­oped arthri­tis in the knee due to the dam­age.

Staff are try­ing to find Max a lov­ing home. More info on Max is avail­able from staff at Black­berry Farm. You can con­tact them by call­ing 0300 123 0752 or email­ing black­ber­ry­farm@rspca.org.uk.


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