A puppy left with a flesh eating wound the size of a dinner plate from a dog attack has stunned rescuers by healing completely in just six weeks.
Nancy, a husky-cross Labrador, was two months old when she was savaged after being introduced to other dogs.
Her wounds from the attack became necrotic, meaning dead flesh was spreading across poor Nancy’s back.
Rescuers feared Nancy could take months to fully recover and could also carry emotional scars from her ordeal.
But incredibly after just six weeks of intensive care Nancy is now healed and has found a new home.
Steph Taylor, from Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary, worked with Walton Vale Vets4Pets and dedicated volunteers to nurse Nancy back to health.
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She said: “We really couldn’t have imagined she would heal so quickly, we thought it would take months and months.
“And with an injury like she had you would expect her to be emotionally scarred, but she’s done so well with rehabilitation.
“With necrosis the tissue dies and cannot heal, and it can spread and get bigger and bigger, which is what happened with Nancy.
“The wound took up the whole of her back at first, it was the size of a dinner plate.
“A plastic surgeon we know saw the pictures said they were blown away by the results on a wound that big.”
Steph said foster carer Heather Prescott and nurses from Walton Vale Vets4Pets gave their time for free to treat Nancy every few days.
Foster carer Heather, who has her own Labrador-cross German shepherd called Kobe, said: “We anticipated at least eight weeks to just get to a manageable size for the wound, we did not anticipate six weeks for complete healing.
“She has really been remarkable with her recovery.
“Because I work at a vets, and because we had some of our brilliant vet nurses willing to come to the house in PPE, I think that was really key in her recovery.
“We changed her bandages every other day and that really did speed up the healing process massively.”
Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary have seen the nature of their rescues change during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Steph said: “The animals are often sicker because people have not been able to access treatment or have had less money to pay for it.
“People can be embarrassed that they’ve not been able to seek vet care because their circumstances have changed during the pandemic.
“It can be a vicious cycle because the animals get sicker because it is taking owners longer to reach out for help.
“It’s the nasty combination of more poorly animals that need more intense work and less money coming in from donations for us to help, so it’s pretty heart-breaking at the moment.”
Luckily for Nancy she has found her forever home with new proud owner Paul Noble, 60, who lives with wife Sandra, 39, and their three children.
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Paul, who lives in Formby, said it was unbelievable how well Nancy had recovered.
He said: “All we get all the time is people saying isn’t she a lovely looking dog.
“And when you see the pictures of her how bad her injuries were, that’s unbelievable.
“She’s happy as Larry, she really is, and she’s taken over the house.
“Because she is a rescue when we first gave her food it was gone straight away, but now she knows it’s going to be there she doesn’t rush it.
“Nancy keeps me fit, we weigh her just to make sure she was putting on weight, and for every kilo she’s put on I’ve lost a kilo, because I weigh myself first and then pick her up.”