French bulldog Minnie had a leg amputated (swns)
A stolen dog who was dumped 170 miles from her home has been reunited with her owner.
French bulldog Minnie was found badly injured and ‘dumped like rubbish’ by the side of a canal in Hapton, near Burnley, on November 28.
The RSPCA was called by a dog walker and an inspector quickly determined the two-year-old pet needed life-saving surgery to have her leg amputated.
Her leg wound had been bandaged badly and was severely infected, which resulted in the limb hanging off.
Following the surgery, a microchip found on her revealed that Minnie belonged to a family who lived in Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.
She had been reported missing back in March after she disappeared from the garden of her home.
Minnie back home at home (swns/rspca)
The three-legged dog has been reunited with her owner Staci Day in time for the festive season, with the heart-warming moment caught on video.
Minnie immediately recognised Day and her three children Joshua, Ella and Jacob.
Day, who was worried Minnie may have been involved in a road accident when she went missing, said: ‘We weren’t sure we would ever see her again when she went missing so we are over the moon to have her back in time for Christmas.
She added: ‘It’s so sad she had been neglected and has lost her leg but she doesn’t seem to be letting it bother her and she is back to her playful and loving self.
‘The children are really thrilled to have her home and have been playing and fussing her – this has made it a perfect Christmas.’
RSPCA’s Ryan King with Minnie (swns/rspca)
RSPCA inspector Ryan King, who was called to help Minnie when she was found, said: ‘It was great to see such a happy ending after all Minnie has endured.
‘She was so excited to see her family.
‘As soon as I got her out of the van and started walking towards the house she started pulling me as she knew where she was going.’
He added: ‘We don’t know where she has been for the past eight months but she has clearly been neglected and then to be dumped like rubbish at the side of a cold canal is just awful.
‘If the dog-walker had not spotted her I don’t think Minnie would have survived much longer so I am grateful to the woman who found her.’
The RSPCA has launched an investigation into Minnie’s disappearance.
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