New home for dog abandoned three weeks

Wufra. PIC: Ross Parry
Wufra. PIC: Ross Parry
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An abandoned dog who survived three weeks on a remote hilltop with a broken leg has found a new home for Christmas.

The lurcher-Saluki cross, nicknamed Wufra, was hours from death when he was found by mountain rescue teams on the 2,000ft peak.

He was so ill and 10kg underweight he had to be carried a mile to safety from Buckden Pike in the Yorkshire Dales on a stretcher.

Vets game him just two hours to live but two months on Wufra has made a remarkable recovery and is bounding round his new owner’s garden.

Helen Coates, from nearby canine business The Dog People, took him in.

She nursed Wufra back to health and has now decided to give him a permanent home.

Helen, 51, said he has received “a mountain” of Christmas presents from well-wishers who were touched by his plight.

She said: “He was in such an awful way when he was first found and the thought that nobody has come forward to claim him is awful. After all he’s been through I just couldn’t put him up for rehoming.

“The day he was brought into us we were told that his organs were failing and his heartbeat was half what it should have been. He was so skinny and I had to hold him up if he needed the toilet because he just didn’t have the strength to lift himself.

“He wasn’t responsive and it was like he was comatose.

“He was given just two hours to live and the vet said he probably wouldn’t make it through the first night.

“We were all amazed but he managed to pull through. It was touch and go for a few days after that but Wufra was eating really well and started to put weight on.

“He was fed every two hours on high-calorie foods and he was given antibiotics. When he was rescued he weighed just 13kg and now he weighs 21kg.”

Wufra’s name is an anagram of the association UWFRA - the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association - who saved him in October. The association is a charity which has members from Leeds and is run entirely on donations.

Helen added: “I think if he’d been found just a few hours later it would have been a different story. He’s been loving all the visitors he’s been getting too and they often find him lying flat out on the sofa with his legs in the air. He has a huge pile of presents all wrapped up waiting for him on Christmas Day.”

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