A trapped and abandoned dog, nicknamed Lucky, has found a loving home.
St Helens Council dog welfare and enforcement officers, helped by police, had to use bolt cutters to free her from a water pumping station in Merton Bank.
The emaciated, female cross-breed had been spotted by a member of the public. She was treated by a local vet and handed over to Leigh Dogs and Cats Home.
Council officers believe the dog had been thrown over the fence into the secure compound surrounding the station.
A spokesman for the Home said: “She's in a lovely home now and the new owners brought her back in for her second vaccination and are bringing her to be neutered here.