An abused dog suffering from severe wounds and depression has been cured – through acupuncture.
A grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust has helped Cornish charity K9 Crusaders to give six-year-old Amber "a second puppyhood".
The Dogue de Bordeaux/Neapolitan mastiff cross had suffered from maltreatment that took the Bissoe, near Redruth, charity months to treat.
Amber was emaciated, with fur loss, sores and weeping eyes. Her ear flaps were hugely thickened and swollen, and she could not bear them to be touched.
Kate David, from K9 Crusaders, said: "She would have been in agony. The untreated dry eye had rendered her almost blind. We had no hesitation in taking Amber on, her plight and her depressed state affected all of us."
Her auto-immune system and her eyes were damaged but it was Amber's emotional state that was harder to treat as she was suffering from depression and acute separation anxiety.
The charity decided to try acupuncture.
Jennifer Williamson, of AcuVets in Redruth, said: "Amber was depressed, itchy and miserable. I recommended acupuncture as a way of boosting her immune system and calming the painful itching. I put one fine needle into the back of her neck and she immediately relaxed – so much so that she fell asleep for the rest of the session."
The acupuncture had an immediate and significant effect.
Ms David said: "After only the first appointment, the result was better than we could ever have hoped for. Within four treatments Amber was off the drugs, her system supporting itself.
"By six treatments her skin and coat were beautifully healthy, and Amber herself, no longer so depressed, was having a second puppyhood – lively, playing, running."
Now Amber needs a new home and the number of dogs like her needing help from K9 Crusaders continues to grow. The £3,000 grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust has gone directly towards veterinary fees.
If you would be interested in rehoming Amber or any other dog in need, or would like more information on K9 Crusaders, or are interested in donating to the charity, visit www.caninecrusaders.co.uk