A JACK Russell Terrier left with two broken hips after being tortured has now sashayed down the “dogwalk” in a dickie bow.
George had the worst possible start in life but is now living in the lap of luxury.
The seven-month-old was found by Limerick Animal Welfare in January after being tortured in Southill and thrown over a wall like a bag of rubbish.
“He had a broken pelvis, an untreated eye injury, two broken hips, ear tips cut off, burns to his stomach and his whiskers were singed off. He was tortured so badly that he was terrified of people,” said Marie Quirke, Limerick Animal Welfare (LAW) sanctuary manager in Kilfinane.
There was a huge response to an appeal by LAW and a story in the Limerick Leader. Around €4,500 was raised to pay for surgery.
George was taken to Noah Veterinary Hospital in Dublin where Billy McCartney performed two operations over four days. Both hips were pinned back in place.
He was nursed back to health by LAW staff and volunteers, and slowly began to trust humans again.
Last Thursday night, George was the star attraction at a fashion show for the animal charity in the Castletroy Park Hotel.
He strutted down the runway with his handler Fenella Samways and was joined by Ursula Stokes’ models on stage.
“He got a standing ovation which is very unusual at a fashion show. Everybody was in tears,” said Ursula.
If George had a voice he would thank everyone, both near and far, for supporting him through his recovery, said Marie.
“The appeal for veterinary funds was huge. The money, over and above the cost of the operations, has helped pay for a little greyhound who was knocked down in Kilmallock and still needs ongoing care to save her front leg.
“George touched the hearts of many people when they heard of the cruelty which was inflicted on him before his rescue,” said Marie.
The day after the fashion show George headed off to his new home in England. Animal lover Cora Plunkett got in touch with LAW and offered him a new life.
“Having read the cruelty this little man suffered and the battle to recover which faced him I didn’t think twice,” said Cora. George even has his own Facebook page now with updates on how he is getting on. A homemade chicken and liver rissole greeted him on arrival.
Marie wished to thank the lady who found George; rang LAW; vets, John O’Dwyer and Billy McCartney and everybody who donated money.
George has certainly fallen on his feet thanks to LAW.
If you would like to offer a home to a rescue dog please contact on 063 91110.