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Matted and nervous terriers are transformed thanks to RSPCA

RSPCA rescue dogs Kes, Cassie and Socks’ story is featured in the new series of Dog
Rescuers on Channel Five

Three matted terriers who were confined in a kitchen before being rescued by the RSPCA and will now feature on the Channel Five show.

The Dog Rescuers on Channel Five features mum Kes, four-year-old Cassie and three-year-old Socks who were rescued by Inspector Adam Bailey in West Bromwich.

The three dogs had very little socialisation as they had been confined in a kitchen so they were incredibly timid. They smelled quite strongly of poo and their fur was matted when they came into RSPCA care.

Adam took the dogs to RSPCA Newbrook Farm Animal Centre in Birmingham for treatment and lots of TLC.

Adam said: “All the dogs were in sub-par condition really, they were matted all over, mostly on the underbelly and on the back end. There was a strong smell of faeces on them, so they needed a good groom.

“But it’s not just the dogs that we’ve helped in this situation, the owners were struggling to cope with their dogs so actually by taking the dogs away and removing that stress, we’ve made their lives easier in the long run. It’s a good job really, we came down when we did.”

Once at the animal centre in Birmingham, the three dogs were given time to settle in before being given a bath and a thorough groom to get rid of their matted fur.

A few weeks later, Adam popped into the animal centre to check on them and was surprised not only by how much better they looked but by how much their confidence had grown.

He said: “They do look completely different to when I first picked them up. They were so matted and smelly. Cassie has definitely come out of her shell. She looks so much happier. Seeing them running around and playing with each other is lovely to see because when we first took them out of the house they were just so nervous and so cautious of everything that was going on. They didn’t even like hands coming near them to begin with and now they’re completely different dogs now.”

Cassie was rehomed in March last year (2020) to Shirley Paget in Gloucestershire who absolutely adores her.

She said: “She gets on with everybody. She’s such a little character, she makes us laugh all the time. She was very timid when she arrived. She didn’t know how to play ball or play with toys. Well just look at her, we’ve got toys everywhere, all over the house!

“We just couldn’t imagine life without her. People say we did her a favour by rescuing her, but she did us a favour. She’s an absolute beauty, such a star. She’s our little princess and we love her to bits.”

Comedian Alan Davies hosts the brand new series of The Dog Rescuers. The show follows RSPCA officers as they are out on the road saving dogs from cruelty and neglect.

Tune in to the new series of Dog Rescuers tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm to see Cassie’s full story or watch it on catch up on My5.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.


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