Posted 3 months ago
A Border Collie who made a “miraculous” recovery after being left for dead under a pile of rocks has been adopted by one of the officers who rescued him.
Jake was discovered by walkers in the Highlands in November 2020 after being buried alive.
They alerted the Scottish SPCA and animal welfare officers were able to rescue him from where he laid under a pile of rocks. A vet found him blind in one eye, with several jaw and skull fractures.
“This was truly one of the worst cases I have ever experienced,” said Scottish SPCA inspector Yvonne Sloss.
Jake shortly after he was found (credit- Scottish SPCA)
“When I first saw Jake I felt shock, sadness and disbelief that someone had deliberately done this to him.
“His head was so swollen and he was in a terrible way. We didn't think there was any way he would make it.
“Miraculously, Jake survived the night. It was only when he was transferred to our Glasgow vet clinic that we found out how bad it actually was... poor Jake was in need of a lot of care to help him recover both mentally and physically.”
After almost six weeks of treatment, inspector Mark Greener, who took part in Jake's rescue, decided to take him home as a pet.
He said: “When Jake came home with me, he was still incredibly fragile. His fractures hadn't completely healed and he was unable to close his jaw.
“Jake required specialist care and it took time for him to come round and really heal. It took him a while to trust me, but now that he does we're bonded forever.
“We are always outside and Jake loves to play. I really couldn't imagine life without him now. I'm so thankful to the passers-by who found Jake... without them he may not have survived that day.”