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Elderly dog abandoned with no water and maggots under skin in Ballymena 'heart-breaking'

By Michael McHugh

Published 13/05/2015

April who was abandoned in a hot box with no water and maggots under her fur (Dogs Trust/PA Wire)
April who was abandoned in a hot box with no water and maggots under her fur (Dogs Trust/PA Wire)
The crossbreed is now well on the road to recovery and is looking for a new home (Dogs Trust/PA Wire)

An elderly dog was abandoned in a hot box with no water and maggots under her fur, rescue workers in Northern Ireland have said.

April was left at a rehoming centre last month on one of the hottest days of the year in what staff said was one of the worst cases of neglect they had seen.

The cross-breed, aged over 10, was dangerously dehydrated and had reduced vision.

She was reluctant to eat due to a mouth infection.

Her coat had to be shaved off and workers at the Ballymena Rehoming Centre put her in jumpers to keep warm.

Dogs Trust Ballymena Rehoming Centre manager Oonagh Phillips said: "She was so weak she could hardly put one foot in front of the other.

"You could barely see she was an actual dog as her hair was so filthy and matted you couldn't see her face.

"It was truly heart-breaking to see her in such a state."

Her matted fur caused ulcers in both eyes.

Her ears were sore and she was reluctant to eat due to a severe mouth infection.

Ms Phillips added: "As April's teeth were so rotten she couldn't eat or drink and arrived at the rehoming centre terribly dehydrated, we took her to the vets straight away where she was put on an IV drip to help rehydrate her and bring her energy levels back up."

She has since made a remarkable recovery.

After around the clock care from all staff, April is on the mend and looking for a loving new home.

Dogs Trust Ballymena assistant manager Sarah Park said: "Since we shaved off her matted fur we've been putting her in jumpers to keep her warm.

"Cuddling up in duvet next to the radiator is her favourite thing to do and as she's now eating, she grows stronger each day.

"Now she has recovered from her ordeal she's looking for a loving home where she will get the care and attention she so deserves."

 Anybody who can offer April a home is asked to call the rehoming centre on 0300 303 0292.

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