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Border collie finds new home after being buried alive under pile of rocks


Jake is now recovering and has a loving new home (Picture: Scottish SPCA)

A dog who was buried alive under a pile of rocks with severe injuries on a hillside has now found a loving new home.

Border collie Jake was ‘in a terrible way’ when he was found by walkers in the Scottish Highlands.

He was whimpering and crying out and thankfully the passersby went to see what was wrong.

They found him on the brink of death, but luckily contacted rescuers in time.

Inspectors from the Scottish SPCA animal charity immediately made their way to the site, and took Jake to a vet.

The dog was severely injured, with a fractured jaw and skull, and they didn’t think he would last the night.

Jake was left for dead buried alive under a pile of rocks in the Highlands in November last year (Picture: PA)

But after a miraculous recovery and weeks of veterinary care and loving treatment since last November, he has now found a loving new home.

Yvonne Sloss, one of the inspectors who attended, said: ‘This was truly one of the worst cases I have ever experienced.

‘When I first saw Jake I felt shock, sadness and disbelief that someone had deliberately done this to him.

‘His head was so swollen and he was in a terrible way. We didn’t think there was any way he would make it. He was in a comatose state when we arrived at the vet where he received emergency treatment.’

The team at the Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre veterinary clinic was shocked at the extent of his injuries.

He had multiple skull and jaw fractures and was blind in one eye. Jake had to undergo numerous surgeries to remove the damaged eye and broken teeth.

Just days before Christmas 2020, after almost six weeks of intensive treatment, Jake was fostered by Inspector Greener.

Jake has had a better run of luck recently (Picture: PA)

Inspector Greener said: ‘When Jake came home with me, he was still incredibly fragile. His fractures hadn’t completely healed and he was unable to close his jaw.

‘Jake required specialist care and it took time for him to come round and really heal. It took him a while to trust me but now that he does, we’re bonded forever.

‘We are always outside and Jake loves to play. I really couldn’t imagine life without him now. I’m so thankful to the passers-by who found Jake. Without them he may not have survived that day.

‘I’m sure his experience still stays with him and always will but now he’s with me, we are doing all we can to make it a distant memory.’

She urged people to donate the to Scottish SPCA to make more rescues like Jake’s possible.

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