Starving dog is now thriving in new home

Penny is thriving in her new surroundings Credit: RSPCA
Penny was found starving and dehydrated Credit: RSPCA

Penny was weak, starving and dehydrated when she was found collapsed, dumped on a heap of rubbish in Essex earlier this year.

Now the 18-month-old saluki is happy, healthy (and rather spoiled!) in her loving new home.

Penny was found in East Tilbury, Essex, on 2 June by two men after their vehicle broke down and they waited for help to arrive. They spotted the skinny dog curled up amongst the rubbish and called the RSPCA.

Inspector Rebecca Benson rushed to the scene and took Penny straight to the vets. She couldn’t stand and could barely lift her head. The charity launched an investigation and Penny was taken in by Danaher Animal Home, in Braintree.

Just under two months later, Penny had a special trip to London to appear on ITV’s This Morning with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. And within a few weeks, Gordon Oxley and his wife Carol made the long drive from County Durham to Essex to meet the pooch.

“We saw Penny online and read her description,” Gordon said. “She looked lovely and we went to see her.”

It was love at first sight for the retired couple who had been searching for the right dog for some time.