Kind-hearted vet saved dog from being put down at last minute after it was abandoned

A kind-hearted vet has saved a dog that was about to be put down at the last minute after it was abandoned on the street by its careless owner.

The pocket bully, named Pumpkin, was left tied to the gates of a council-run dog pound, where his life was soon about to end - but luckily an angel in disguise drove five hours to rescue him.

After being looked after at the kennels for months Pumpkin was unexplainably and rapidly losing weight which the kennel staff 'suspected was cancer' and due to the cost of care, he was due to be euthanised.

Luckily for Pumpkin, Vet Dr Sharon Williams, founder of Celandine Wood Animal Rescue (CWAR) was contacted and asked to take in the pup after saving another one in the past from the same kennels.

Speaking to the ECHO she said: "I phoned the woman and said yes, we can take Pumpkin. But she said, 'oh, you’re too late'. They’ve just sedated him and they’re now putting him to sleep."

Sharon said she felt sick knowing she’d not been able to save him and explained: "I’d been out cleaning my yard when I was text about saving Pumpkin. My heart sank, knowing that if I’d have just seen the text a few minutes before he would still be alive."

But then Sharon’s phone rang again, and the vet told her "We can’t find a vein" and asked "can you still take him?" Sharon and a CWAR volunteer Paul jumped into her car and drove five hours to pick Pumpkin up.

Sharon said: "He had a little pumpkin-coloured jumper on him, which is where we got the name from, because he was actually called George.

"Although he was totally emaciated and looked tired, sad and ill, he wagged his tail when he saw us. You could just tell he just wanted to be loved."

Under the care of Sharon, Pumkin had blood tests and a specialist ultrasound scan done which ruled out cancer.

Suspecting he may have food allergies, she put him on a specialist hypoallergenic diet and he soon began putting on weight. Within weeks of the special diet, he was like a different dog. Sharon added: "He was thriving and full of life."

Sharon said Pumpkin has now been adopted by new owners who fell in love with him. Sharon said: "One of our dog walkers took a shine to him, and she wanted to foster him, then she decided to keep him.

His new owners take him for long hikes in the countryside, which he loves. He even has a wife, Ginny the miniature dachshund. He just loves people and is always happy when snuggled next to someone on the sofa."

Sharon is now appealing for people’s help to grow the rescue. She said: "We fundraise, but then with tests, medications and food, often one dog can cost thousands, and it wipes our funds out.

"We really need people who care about animals to help us so we can help them."

To donate to CWAR, visit the GoFundMe here.

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