Rescue dog found by Keighley workers 'honoured' after brush with death

Keighley News: Will, above, after making a full recovery, pictured with his new owner, Helen Coates; below, after being discovered emaciated and with a broken leg Will, above, after making a full recovery, pictured with his new owner, Helen Coates; below, after being discovered emaciated and with a broken leg

A dog whose life was saved by a group of Keighley workers has been honoured in a national competition.

Saluki cross Will has been named runner-up in the PDSA Pet Survivor of the Year contest.

Eight employees from Teconnex – based in Chesham Street – were taking part in a charity walk on Buckden Pike in October when they came across the injured and badly emaciated dog. He had a broken leg and was close to death.

They alerted the emergency services, as the animal was too big for them to carry, and he was rescued by the Grassington-based Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association.

Now the dog, which was initially nicknamed Wufra but has since been named Will, has been given a home with Helen Coates – who runs The Dog People at Grassington – and her family.

“I am absolutely amazed he is still with us,” she said. “He still has a limp, but is raring to go. He is a very, very gentle dog, quite shy and a bit nervous of men.

“He loves having his ears tickled and also likes his creature comforts. He is a beautiful dog, with eyes that melt your heart.”

When it was found, the dog – believed to be about two years old – weighed just 12kg and was in such a bad state vets advised he should be put down. They feared his internal organs had begun to shut down and his shattered leg would need amputating.

But Helen was adamant he should be given a chance.

“Every dog deserves a chance, and he had been through such a lot – he obviously had the will to live,” she added.

Will is now back to his normal weight and enjoying his new life.

Andy Jackson, leader of the rescue team, said: “I have had my first reunion with Wufra and I am so pleased at how he now looks.

“I vividly remember his sorry state – so thin, and shivering against a wall. Now he is walking about, the pot is off his badly-damaged leg and he has put his weight back on. He looks a totally different dog.”

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