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‘Molly was found along a busy, dangerous road and I believe she’d been dumped there by someone like rubbish.
‘She was incredibly emaciated with bones protruding and had a bad, untreated skin condition.’
Officers managed were able to track down her original owners, but it turned out she’d been stolen from their garden a whopping six years earlier, and they were now unable to take her back.Instead, Molly-Moo was then taken into the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Hospital, where she was given a special diet to help her puton weight and vets started to treat her skin condition.
In total, it took six long months for Molly-Moo to fully recover and be finally ready to find a new loving home. And while older dogs aren’t always popular choices at shelters, thankfully it didn’t take long for John Bebbington, his wife, Joanne, and stepson, Harry, to see her photo online and fall in love. John, a fabricator welder from Leicester, said: ‘We lost our Staffie after 13 years together, and we weren’t really looking for another dog. But one day, we came across Molly-Moo’s photo online, and we were all smitten.
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‘Her face just looked so sad, and her story was heartbreaking.
‘I’m glad she can’t talk because I don’t think I could face hearing what she’s been through.
‘Our previous dog had 13 years of bliss, and we felt we wanted to give Molly a good end of life.’
When the family first took Molly-Moo in, she was understandably nervous and confused.‘She’d cry and manically look everywhere when we were out and about,’ recalled John, 55.
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‘I could tell she was anxious and frightened.
‘Her skin was tough and rough like an elephant’s, she stank and there were chunks of fur coming off all over the house.’
On top of her emotional scars, Molly-Moo still had physical ailments that needed attention too.
‘It was a hell of an undertaking,’ remembered John. ‘We had to bathe her every day and keep on top of her medication. We had to shampoo her, clean her ears and clean up after her as all of her scabs fell off, and her fur came out.
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John also admitted: ‘There were times when we thought: “What have we done?” But then we remember what someone had done to her and how she deserved a happy and healthy life.’
Now, the family say Molly-Moo is like a totally different dog – her fur has grown back, her ears have healed, and her skin is finally as soft as it should be.
‘She’s also much happier in herself,’ added John. ‘We can let her off the lead, and she toddles around the park socialising with other dogs. She’s really turned a corner and is very happy, sweet-natured and well-behaved.
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‘She’s an older girl, but it doesn’t stop her bounding around through the grass; it’s an absolute joy to see.
‘She never goes far though, as she won’t leave my side. I’ve definitely found a best friend for life – and she has too.’
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