Norman the greyhound finds a new home and sprints back to health
A greyhound which had its ears hacked off before being dumped and left to die is settling into a new home.
Norman, an 18-month-old former racing dog, was found on the Ballycraigy Road in Newtownabbey. He had been subjected to the barbaric mutilation to remove any trace of tattoos on his ears identifying his owners.
He also had burn injuries on his legs and underside consistent with being thrown from a moving vehicle, and was starving.
But three weeks after Norman's horrific ordeal, which caused outrage among animal lovers, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal he has a new home complete with two new four-legged friends.
Norman was initially taken to Farm Hill Veterinary Clinic for emergency treatment before being transferred to Mid-Antrim Animal Sanctuary, which has been overseeing his recovery.
Its chairman George Anderson has become so attached to Norman he has given him a home.
"He's doing extremely well," Mr Anderson said. "His ears certainly look a lot better. He's a much more content big dog."
Norman had his stitches removed yesterday and is healing well and enjoying the company of Mr Anderson's lurcher Codi and German shepherd Tia.
Mr Anderson said he was hopeful Norman will be a permanent fixture in his home.
"He's settling in well and is in foster care with me at the moment and he's getting on really well with them," he said.
"I don't want to part with him. Hopefully he'll get to stay."
DNA tests have been carried out on Norman and it is hoped the results will help the police identify his previous owners.
Goodwill messages and cuddly toys flooded into the Mid-Antrim Animal Sanctuary and hundreds of pounds were donated towards veterinary bills when this newspaper reported the story last month.
Artist Victoria Colville, from Millisle, painted an oil canvas of Norman to help with the funds.
Norman is set to be the star attraction at a 'greyhounds as pets' event this Sunday at Lady Dixon Park in south Belfast.