Border collie buried alive and cruelly left for dead finds forever home

A dog that was buried alive and left for dead in what one animal inspector said was one of the worst cases she’d ever seen has found a loving new home.

Jake, a border collie, was found by hill walkers in Scotland after being cruelly left under a pile of rocks.

His injuries were so severe that he was in a coma by the time he arrived at the vet, and his rescuers say his survival was a miracle as they didn’t think he would survive the night.

Scottish SPCA inspectors Yvonne Sloss and Mark Greener rushed to save Jake after they received the call from the hill walkers, and he was immediately taken for urgent treatment in Glasgow.

"This was truly one of the worst cases I have ever experienced," said Yvonne.

"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.

"Miraculously, Jake survived the night. It was only when he was transferred to our Glasgow vet clinic that we found out how bad it actually was.

"Poor Jake was in need of a lot of care to help him recover both mentally and physically."

The lovable border collie’s injuries were so severe that he spent weeks receiving treatment. He had an eye removed, broken teeth were taken out and he was treated for skull and jaw fractures.

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After six weeks of intensive treatment, Jake was fostered by Mark, one of the inspectors who had rescued him – and the pair have now developed a strong bond.

"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," Mark said.

"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.

"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.

"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."

Mark also expressed his gratitude to the Scottish SPCA’s supporters, who played a vital role in Jake’s rescue and rehabilitation.

"We are only able to function due to funding from donations. These services which helped Jake to recover from his ordeal wouldn’t be here without the generosity of the public," said Mark.

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