A young lurcher who was found in a hedge with a broken leg after being hit by a car has been adopted by a foster family.
Rugby-based dog rescue charity, Pawprints Dog Rescue, saved Bertie after he had been involved in a car accident just outside of Rugby.
Bertie was found by a passer-by in a hedgerow with a broken front leg and taken to Animal House Vets in Rugby.
After a six-and-a-half hour gruelling operation by the team, Bertie’s leg was saved by a number of screws and pins to help knit the leg together.
Some 12 weeks later, Bertie has made a full recovery and is now building up his fitness levels after being on strict bed rest for so long.
Anita Twigger, founder of Pawprints Dog Rescue, said: “It was touch and go as to whether the operation would work or whether Bertie’s leg would have to be amputated.
“We are immensely grateful to Hugh and James at Animal House for their skill and expertise in saving the poor lad’s leg. “Post-op, Bertie was sent to one of our foster homes and I am delighted to say that they have fallen for his charms and will be adopting Bertie, once he has been signed off as completely fit and well, by the vets.
“We had initially put out an appeal to help pay for the surgery, but this was made jointly by anonymous donations and by Animal House Vets waiving the rest of the fee. We cannot thank them enough.
“Sadly, we were unable to trace Bertie’s owners but we are delighted that he is staying in the home he has already settled in.”
Hugh Duffin, Clinical Director at Animal House Vets, said: “Bertie is such a lovely dog, he has been very gentle and loving throughout his long journey to recovery, but above all it has been heartwarming to see a local community coming together to help this poor dog.
“This intelligent and easy to care for dog deserves to find a lovely home after all his trials and tribulations.”
Pawprints has saved the lives of more than 700 stray dogs in Rugby in the past few years.
Pawprints is totally reliant on donations from members of the public.