An emaciated and neglected lurcher who captured the nation’s hearts after CCTV revealed the moment she was abandoned in Peterborough is coming on leaps and bounds in the care of the RSPCA.
Millions of people watched the footage of the dog being tied to a fence with rope on Laburnum Grove last month.
Ella`s currently receiving ongoing treatment for a skin infection so she`s not yet available for rehoming.
When inspector Justin Stubbs arrived the freezing lurcher was curled up on the ground shivering. She’d suffered extensive fur loss and her sore pink skin was exposed leaving her very vulnerable to the cold weather.
The frightened, poorly dog – thought to be around four-years-old – was taken by Inspector Stubbs to a nearby vet before she was moved to an RSPCA centre.
“We’d like to thank everyone who shared our appeal for information or who got in touch to help with the investigation into Ella’s abandonment,” inspector Stubbs said.
“We are now following up on a number of leads and the investigation remains ongoing.
“Meanwhile, Ella is being cared for by staff at one of our animal centres where she is receiving ongoing treatment for a skin infection, so she is not yet available for rehoming.
“When she first arrived in our care she was very nervous and timid but is now coming out of her shell.
“She has bonded well with the staff and absolutely adores other dogs.”
The RSPCA has released video footage of Ella now, five weeks on, to show how well she is doing. The footage shows her running and playing with a member of staff and enjoying a walk in the RSPCA grounds.
Inspector Stubbs is still appealing for information in relation to the man seen in the CCTV footage abandoning the lurcher before running away.
Anyone with information can call the RSPCA’s inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).