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New home for rescue dog Woody

Woody was "frightened" and suffering from a broken leg when he was first discovered. Photo: RSPCA

A dog who was rescued from a "house of horrors" is enjoying a new lease of life in his adoptive home.

Woody was discovered living in "horrendous conditions" by the RSPCA in 2016, alongside his brother, Duncan, and parents, Patch and Lucy.

Officers were called to the property in Wirral after concerns had been made about the conditions that the dogs were living in.

Woody and the other dogs were living in Credit: RSPCA

When Woody was discovered he was "frightened" and needed treatment for a broken leg.

But thanks to Theresa Heward from Wallasey, he is now able to put the past behind him.

“It was love at first sight.

“I went into the centre for a chat. I was looking around and the lady mentioned Woody, he was just laying in a basket behind her, I hadn’t even noticed him. Then he started wagging his tail.

“I went to work the next day and he was on my mind the whole time. I rang up and they said someone else was coming to see him and I panicked. But when she called me back to say they didn’t want to pursue it I said: ‘I do!’

“He is amazing. “After everything he has been through, he is so loving and has such a good temperament. “He is king of the castle here and he is so spoiled! We are lucky to have him.”

– Theresa Heward
Woody with Theresa and Inspector Joynes from the RSPCA. Credit: RSPCA

Inspector Joynes said:

“I've got a few grey hairs and I attribute them to this dog. The things he went through, it’s such a pleasure to see him being loved properly. It's a testament to these dogs that they're very forgiving animals.

“The amount of things he's been through that poor dog - he had pins in his legs and all sorts - so to see him now enjoying the beach and being outside with his owner is really rewarding.”

– Inspector Joynes

Woody’s previous owner admitted four offences under the Animal Welfare Act and was disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years, given a curfew order and a 12-month community order.

Woody will appear in the Channel 5 Dog Rescuers show on August 22, presented by Alan Davies.