Havant owner thinks newly adopted pup was ‘waiting to die’ before being rescued
A Hampshire woman thinks her newly adopted puppy was ‘waiting to die’ before being rescued two months ago. Leah Davies, from Havant, and her family treated six-month-old Coco after finding her starving and dehydrated.
When brought back to her new home in Havant, Coco initially started by “rolling into a ball and not letting anyone near her”. It was only after sitting with her for hours that Leah and her family were able to earn the puppy’s trust.
Sadly, just when things were starting to look up for Coco, the Hampshire family received the heartbreaking news that she had a 3-month-old spinal fracture that required surgery. Due to her mistreatment, no insurance company was able to cover Coco, prompting Leah and her family to start a GoFundMe page to try to avoid the possibility of saying goodbye to their new household member for still.
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Coco was found two months ago by Leah’s partner among a group of dogs who had all been victims of neglect. However, it was immediately apparent that she had suffered the most, leaving little doubt in the minds of the family that she should go home, while the other dogs were reported to the RSPCA.
Speaking to HampshireLive about Coco’s condition, Leah said: “She was in such bad shape. She couldn’t walk to the point where we had to hold her in the garden so she could go to the toilet.
“She was very hungry – so skinny. She was so petrified by everyone that it took her about two weeks to fully trust us.”
It took Leah over a week to get Coco to eat properly after days of hand feeding and injecting water and puppy milk. Along with this, she also had to take daily baths for the treatment of scabies.
Despite giving him the best possible care, the family couldn’t help the news that their 6-month-old baby needed surgery. Leah said: “We thought things were looking up, but after days of watching her suffer, we were told that not only did she need surgery, but it would cost us thousands of dollars.
“I spent a few days going through insurance companies to get quotes but they all told me there was nothing they could do because of how badly she had been abused.”
The good news is that the GoFundMe page has already surpassed the original £3,000 target. However, you can continue to donate here without it currently being known how much post-surgery follow-up will cost.
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