Badly maltreated dog recovers under volunteers' love
EXHAUSTED, malnourished and timid, this two-year-old abused puppy is savouring the love and attention at her new halfway home at Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge.
When the team at the volunteer-run centre took in the mastiff-cross they knew there was something special about her. Her big bright eyes prompted them to name her Beauty.
SCARS operations manager Penny Brischke said Beauty was rescued in a terrible state.
Beauty is barely two, but she has already mothered several litters and SCARS fears she could have been used for money-making breeding purposes.
But day by day Beauty is coming out of her shell and wagging her tail to greet the volunteers.
And now she is looking for her forever home.
"Beauty came here in such a horrendous state," Ms Brischke said.
"You can put your fingers in between the gaps in her ribs and while this is a stocky breed, she is so skinny.
"She's clearly traumatised and doesn't have a grasp of what's normal and what it's like to be loved. I don't think she'd even stepped foot on grass before.''
Despite a full house of dogs and cats, volunteers have taken the time to help Beauty adjust and gain strength.
"We don't see dogs in this condition very often, it upsets all of us," Ms Brischke said.
"Dogs are so forgiving to humans, it's incredible.
"Beauty is a beautiful girl and we'd love to see her go to a good home."
Adopt Beauty for $295, desexed and microchipped. Visit the refuge on Sippy Creek Rd at Tanawha to see all the pets for adoption.