The dog, named Molly-Moo was found by West Midlands Police
An elderly German shepherd-mastiff mix was found abandoned on the streets of Birmingham, UK, just before Christmas, but all was not lost.
The dog, named Molly-, was found by Moo West Midlands Police and delivered to the RSPCA.
Inspector Steven Lee launched an investigation.
“Poor Molly-Moo was in such a sorry state and looked so sad,” he said.
“When you looked in her eyes, she seemed broken, like she’d given up hope.
“It was devastating.”
“Molly was wandering along a busy, dangerous road, and I believe she’d been dumped there by someone like rubbish,” he added.
“She was incredibly emaciated with bones protruding and had a bad, untreated skin condition.”
Although Molly-Moo was microchipped and the owners were tracked down, it turned out she was stolen from their garden six years earlier, and they could not longer take her back due to a change in circumstances.
Molly Moo was taken to Birmingham Animal Hospital for treatment.
She was fed a special diet to help her gain weight, and her crusty skin condition was treated.
After six months of care, Molly-Moo was ready to find a new, loving forever home.
“We wanted to give her a good end of life.”
The RSPCA soon found a potential owner for Molly Moo.
Molly Moo caught the eyes of Fabricator welder John Bebbington from Leicester and his wife, and they offered her a new home.
“We lost our Staffie after 13 years together, and we weren’t really looking for another dog, but, one day, we came across Molly-Moo’s photo online, and we were all smitten,” said John.
“Her face just looked so sad, and her story was heartbreaking.
“I’m glad she can’t talk because I don’t think I could face hearing what she’s been through. Our previous dog had 13 years of bliss, and we felt we wanted to give Molly a good end of life.”
The family adopted Nolly-Moo in June.
“Her skin was tough and rough like elephant skin, she stank, and there were chunks of fur coming off all over the house,” he said.
John admitted it was a hard undertaking.
They had to wash her every day and give her special medication.
“There were times when we thought: ‘What have we done?’ But then we remember what someone had done to her and how she deserved a happy and healthy life,” added John.
But today, Molly-Moo is a happy dog with a loving home.
Her fur has now healed and grown back.
“We can let her off the lead, and she toddles around the park socializing with other dogs,” the owner said.
“She’s really turned a corner and is very happy, sweet-natured, and well-behaved.”
“She’s an older girl, but it doesn’t stop her bounding around through the grass; it’s an absolute joy to see. She never goes far, though; she won’t leave my side. I’ve definitely found a best friend for life, and she has too!”