Unfortunately, animal rescuers who work at the RSPCA and shelters are quite used to getting calls about stray and neglected animals in dire situations.
However, when RSPCA inspector James Arentz got a call from a concerned neighbor about a neglected dog named Mollie, he wasn’t too worried since the person didn’t make it seem like she was in bad shape. To be safe, Arentz decided to stop by to check the dog, who he later renamed Tilly, but was speechless when he finally laid eyes on her.
“I saw Tilly from a distance, to begin with and I was shocked; I could see all her bones, her complete skeleton showed through the skin, I knew it was bad,” he said. “She was huddled over and fairly unresponsive. We look at things like their gum color to check for signs of anemia and low red blood cell levels; hers was just pasty white. Her skin was a combination of scabs and fresh wounds, and the top of her tail must have been bothering her because she had pulled out a piece of skin. She was in agony.”
Tilly was rushed to the shelter where RSPCA vet Laura Taylor determined she was severely emaciated, was suffering from parasites and severe skin infections, was anemic, had fleas, and had hypothermia. “The uplifting part of the night was, while she was so flat, we offered her a piece of chicken, and she sparked up and wolfed it down,” Arentz said.
Tilly’s original owner, 21-year-old Pamela-Ruth Dean, later pleaded guilty to five counts of animal cruelty and was fined $1500 and was banned from owning a pet for five years. The two-year-old was in intensive care for weeks, but has since made an incredible recovery and has even been adopted by a new loving family.
“She is a real battler. She’d be lying in her ward and you could see how unwell she was but she was still really keen for human company and attention,” Arentz said. “Despite her setbacks she has reverted to being a happy, healthy, playful dog who loves being around people and other animals. This is a really happy ending.”
Watch the entire video below to see Tilly’s unbelievable transformation.
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[Featured image: RSPCA NSW]