Little spaniel Monty has made an impressive recovery after being impaled on a one-metre metal spike while walking in Roundhay Park - missing a major artery by just 2mm.
Horrified owner Andy Pentith heard a yelp after the engertic pooch bounded into some undergrowth by the Castle Folly in the park, and followed him to discover the grisly scene.
He said: “I could see it going into his leg and as I moved around I saw it coming out the other side, by about four or five inches. It had gone straight through. It was not nice. I just thought ‘How on earth am I going to get him back to the car park?’”
Luckily a kind passerby answered Andy’s calls for help and together they carried ten-year-old Monty the three-quarters-of-a-mile to the car. He said: “As I picked up the dog, he carried the railing. Even though he’s a small dog, he actually weights quite a bit.”
Andy, of Alberta Avenue, Chapel Allerton, carefully drove to nearby Vets4Pets, on Easterly Road, where vet David Massey immediately cleared the afternoon appointments so he could perform surgery on Monty.
David said: “It was a tense cautious operation due to the precarious position of the spike.
“It’s not a regular occurrence to see a dog with a horrific injury like that.”
But the operation was a success and Monty is now back to full strength. A relieved Andy said: “He’s now absolutely fine. He’s running around like a silly thing and enjoying life, which is the best way forward. Vet David added: “Monty has made a fantastic recovery and showed an extraordinary level of bravery right from the start. Our clients were very understanding of the situation and the whole team came through to help Monty.”