A stray dog, caught up in a council mixup that left him presumed dead is on the mend after being taken in by a vets.
Firmount Vets in Co Antrim have said that the lurcher dog is recovering well after he was brought to them for Euthanasia, which they refused to perform.
The dog was found by Dogs Trust volunteer Catherine Ward in very poor condition in Valley Park, Newtownabbey.
She took the dog to a Voy Vets in Doagh and said she would be happy to pay for any treatment it needed, with the aim of taking it to the Dogs Trust for re-homing.
The vets then passed the dog to the council Dog Warden who informed Catherine that he had been put to sleep.
However it emerged it was a "miscommunication" and the dog was still alive.
Now he is being cared for by Firmount Vets who said that he is already making great progress.
He was brought to ourselves last Thursday evening for euthanasia but as is our practice policy we were not prepared to do this," a Firmount Vets spokesperson said.
"We were happy to treat and re-home him as we have done on numerous occasions in the past.
"Thankfully he is responding well to treatment and we are noticing improvement on a daily basis."
The dog has shown dramatic improvements in just a few days.
"He had very overgrown nails and was emaciated along with a severe skin condition," the spokesperson said.
"He was very withdrawn but has really settled in with us and is a very sweet and loving dog.
"Rest assured he is receiving intensive nursing care from all the staff and has become a firm favourite with everyone involved."