A tail-wagging year for K9 Focus

Dolly as she is now.

Dolly as she is now. - Credit: Archant

Dog rescue charity looks back on a ‘fabulous’ year, that saw 99 animals rescued and rehomed.

Dolly when she arrived at K9 Focus - volunteers weren't sure if she'd survive the night.

Dolly when she arrived at K9 Focus - volunteers weren't sure if she'd survive the night. - Credit: Archant

NORTH Devon dog rescue charity K9 Focus has enjoyed a fabulous year that has seen saved from death or misery and given a loving new home.

Dolly in her new home with new best friend Doug.

Dolly in her new home with new best friend Doug. - Credit: Archant

The Torrington based charity, set up by Lynne and Nick Hall, has seen some shocking cases of neglect or cruelty in 2013, but its volunteers are delighted they have been able to turn things around for the dogs involved.

“That’s what keeps us going through all the hard work and heart ache,” said founder and director Lynne.

“We have had some heart wrenching and horrific cases through our doors this year, as have all animal charities, I expect.

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“I can receive up to 20 calls a day asking me to take in dogs which are due to be put to sleep in our council pounds. Sadly I can only accept a fraction of these dogs.

“Pasha, our larger than life Anatolian shepherd was left tied up outside a supermarket and was emaciated when he arrived. Toby melted everyone’s hearts when he was brought in after being thrown into the river in a sack with his litter mates, sadly only he survived.

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“Then we had Bruno, a beautiful German shepherd who had been kept in one room for pretty much all of his 12 months of life and beautiful Blue, the collie we caught just before she was to be put to sleep by her owner, as they had no time for her anymore.”

Dolly, a boxer cross, was brought in earlier this year severely emaciated and volunteers were unsure if she’d even survive the night: “You would think you would get hardened to the condition of badly treated dogs, but when Dolly arrived we were all heartbroken, not a dry eye on the face of any of our volunteers,” said Lynne.

“She was so thin you could count her ribs and she could hardly lift her head. She was also covered in puncture wounds on her head and face and a couple of large wounds on her legs.”

With tender care, especially from Janet Walker at Kinnings Kennel in Umberleigh, Dolly was nursed back to health and three months later went to her new home with a family in Braunton.

Sometimes though, people are simply unable to care for their pet any more, as Lynne explained: “We take many referrals from the public when they are unable to keep their dog any longer.

“These are genuine cases, such as the dog we took in for a gentleman who was terminally ill. We gave him peace of mind and comfort to know his beloved ‘Max’ was happily settled with a new family when he sadly passed away.”

Anyone who would like to adopt a dog, become a volunteer or fosterer is invited to call Lynne on 07971 461806, email lynne@k9focus.co.uk or visit www.k9focus.co.uk and the K9Focus Facebook page.

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