Animal welfare officer adopts dog that was buried alive
A dog that was found buried alive was adopted by one of the animal welfare officers who rescued him.
Border collie Jake was discovered by hikers after being left for dead under a pile of rocks in the Highlands in November last year.
They alerted the Scottish SPCA who rescued him and took him to a vet.
He had several fractures of his skull and jaw and was blind in one eye.
Scottish SPCA inspector Yvonne Sloss said: “It was truly one of the worst cases I have ever experienced.
“When I first saw Jake, I felt the shock and sadness and disbelief that someone had deliberately done this to him.
“His head was so swollen and he was in a terrible way. We didn’t think there would be a way to do it.
“He was in a coma when we got to the vet where he received emergency treatment.
“Miraculously, Jake survived the night. It wasn’t until he was transferred to our vet clinic in Glasgow that we found out how bad it was.
“Poor Jake needed a lot of care to help him recover mentally and physically.
Jake has undergone several operations to remove the damaged eye and broken teeth.
After just under six weeks of treatment around Christmas, Ms Sloss’ colleague Inspector Mark Greener, who was involved in the rescue, decided to take him home.
Mr Greener said: “When Jake came home with me he was still incredibly fragile. His fractures had not completely healed and he was unable to close his jaw.
“Jake needed specialist care and it took a while for him to recover and really heal. It took him a while to trust me, but now that he does, we’re bonded forever.
“We’re always away and Jake loves to play. I really couldn’t imagine life without him now. I am so grateful to the passersby who found Jake. Without them, he might not have survived that day.