Fay Higgins has given six month old puppy Zack a new lease on life. She's holding a container with some of the ticks pulled off him when he was rescued.
Fay Higgins has given six month old puppy Zack a new lease on life. She's holding a container with some of the ticks pulled off him when he was rescued. Ebony Battersby

Abused pup nursed back to health after cruel start in life

ONLY six months old, Zack's first taste of the world has been cruel.

The labrador cross was found in a remote area near Boyne Smelter one Saturday.

His fur coat was covered by hundreds of ticks and a severe case of mange.

It has taken foster carer Faye Higgins an immense amount of time and patience to remove them and establish him on the road to recovery.

She said it had been the worst case she had seen in 10 years of caring for rescued animals.

"If the malnutrition didn't get him, the ticks would have," she said. "This wouldn't happen if owners desexed their dogs."

Presumed abandoned, it is thanks to the Friends of the RSPCA that Zack now has a renewed lease on life.

It remains unknown how long the young dog had been surviving in the wild. 

Whether or not he was the only puppy also remains a mystery.

"He was vomiting up grass when he was taken to the vets because it is all he had in his stomach," she said.

"He will require injections every week for the next couple of months."

The financial drain on limited funds and resources is ongoing for the Friends of the RSPCA.

Turning no animal in need away, Zack is one of the lucky ones. For every animal saved, there are plenty more that are not.

And it all comes down to irresponsible pet ownership.

Once he is well, Zack will be among a number of animals requiring loving homes.

To donate to Friends of the RSPCA or for further inquiries, call Judy Whicker on 0417 065 394.



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