A patterdale terrier dog who was found with “horrendous” injuries potentially caused by badger baiting is seeking a new forever home after recovering in the care of the RSPCA.
Fig was found by members of the public after straying into a yard at Painscastle in Mid Wales on Wednesday (Oct 14).
He had gruesome injuries to his mouth, jaw and lips – which were consistent with badger baiting, prompting the RSPCA to begin enquiries and appeal to the public for information.
Staff at the RSPCA’s Newport Animal Centre say Fig’s progress has been “amazing” while in their care – and are now hoping to complete the dog’s remarkable journey by finding the perfect new forever home.
Fig is looking for new owners who will be home with him for much of the day, and a family who will be extra careful around his face wounds. His injuries mean Fig sometimes loses food from the side of his face – so adopters will need to be prepared to clean his face after meals!
The four-year-old brown dog has not let his injuries hold him back, however. He is a playful dog, who loves toys and games and is very excitable.
Kathryn Logan from the RSPCA Newport Animal Centre said: “Fig’s progress with us has been nothing short of amazing.
“When he first came to the RSPCA’s attention, he had some horrific, gruesome injuries to his face, lips and jaw – and our inspectors strongly suspect these were linked to badger baiting.
“Thankfully, he has done incredibly well in our care and is now ready for a second chance of forever home happiness.
“Fig is an amazing dog – he knows how to sit, loves toys and games and is a bag of life and energy. He’ll need to be the only pet in any new home, and will need a new owner who will be home most of the time, and is patient enough to wipe down his face after meals and take care of his facial injuries.
“We’ve already had enquiries and interest already about Fig – and that’s no surprise. He’s such a friendly boy who thoroughly enjoys fuss and attention, and will make an amazing companion.”
Anyone wishing to adopt a pet from the Newport Animal Centre can contact them via email@example.com. The centre is currently open by appointment only due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in Wales.
More animals looking for forever homes in the care of the RSPCA can be found online.
RSPCA officers have been on the frontline throughout the coronavirus pandemic, responding to emergencies. Should you wish to support this work, you can donate to the RSPCA online.