By Jilly Beattie
When an animal rescue group was told a lovely dog faced being shot dead because she was not wanted, they knew they had to act fast.
The seven year old Basset Hound was removed from her original owner with their consent and is now in the care of a new team.
Renamed Shilo - which means friend - she is safe in a foster home after life spent on the end of a chain.
A spokesperson for Friends of Rescue, in Northern Ireland, said: "Her [previous] owner decided they didn’t want her anymore so decided they would arrange to shoot her.
"Thankfully their neighbour heard about it and stepped in and they agreed to hand her over. This poor girl was literally almost gone. She has lived her life on a chain lying in a yard . . . what a life.
"So today we got her a much needed MOT and her skin as expected is badly infected . She is now on special washes, steroids and meds for it. Her ears and eyes are also infected and she's on cleaners for them.
"Due to this we can’t commence any surgery until we have it under control so hopefully in a week or two she can be spayed and given a much needed dental and she should feel like a new girl
"As always the dogs that are shut out, left behind, completely neglected in more ways than one are just so grateful and she has slotted in like she always has been in her foster home and she loves her foster brother Bundy.
"It makes us so sad that she lived a solitary life on a chain when this pleasant hound just wants love, company and a good sniff around.
"It's understandable that due to not having much room to move she is overweight but slimming has started and she is already enjoying her foster's huge garden.
"A new start always means a new name and her foster mum has chosen Shilo - pronounced Shylo - which means ‘friend’ and it’s perfect for her. She is totally a friend to us.
As always we ask for any help with our veterinary costs so if you can help please contact our vet costs which you can do through this link."