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Injured dog rescued from Buckden Pike showing signs of recovery
10:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A dog, found near to death on Buckden Pike, is beginning to show signs of recovery.
But, it could be weeks before its long-term future is known.
Rescuers found the Saluki cross with a broken leg and in an emaciated state near the Polish war memorial at the weekend.
It had been spotted hours earlier by a walker, sheltering by a wall on the ridge of the 2,264ft summit.
Experts believe it could have been there for two weeks and may have been used for rabbiting.
“It is lucky to be alive,” said a team spokesman.
Nicknamed Wufra – an anagram of the team’s initials – the dog was wrapped in a foil blanket and carried off the fell on a stretcher.
Team leader Andy Jackson said: “He just had nothing in him. There was a lot of bone. I know they’re a thin dog, but it looked like it hadn’t eaten for a few days.
“I don’t think it would have been able to stand up to be honest.”
The injured animal was taken in by Helen Coates, who runs The Dog People at Grassington.
She took him to Kingsway Vets in Skipton where the initial diagnosis was not hopeful. Not only did Wufra face having his broken leg amputated, but there were fears that his heart might fail.
But, 48 hours later, the dog had perked up, was eating and was beginning to put weight on his back end.
“And there is a possibility that his leg might be saved, which is marvellous news,” said Helen. “He is obviously a fighter and, after what he’s being through, he deserves a chance.”
A spokesman for Kingsway Vets said: “We are currently giving him nutritional support, fluid therapy, antibiotics and painkillers. We are waiting to see how he responds to this intensive treatment before surgery can be considered.”
Meanwhile, an appeal has been launched to pay for his vets’ bill.
Anyone wanting to donate should log onto PayPal or send a cheque to The Dog People Sandy Mount, Woodside, Grassington, BD23 5NE.
Any surplus funds will be given to the Fell Rescue Association.