Neo (Freshfields Animal Rescue, Liverpool)

10-year-old Staffy Cross, Neo, is a special boy with one of the worst stories Freshfields Animal Rescue have ever come across.

Along with another dog, Neo was viciously attacked with an axe at the hands of his owner in December 2017. The catalogue of injuries Neo suffered were incomprehensible and heartbreaking. Neo is very lucky to be alive. After the attack, both dogs spent 6 months in police kennels before being signed over to Freshfields for rehoming in June 2018. Thankfully, the other dog has now found a fantastic home, and Freshfields are desperate to find the same for Neo. He really does deserve to have some happiness now.

One cannot even begin to imagine the suffering that Neo endured, not only through this deliberate act of cruelty, but also in the months following after finding himself in kennels and separated from the only life he had ever known.

Yet, despite everything Neo has been through, he is still a sweet and friendly boy. He finds rescue life quite stressful though, bless him, and in frustration will grab plastic bottles or stones on walks. He can be quite vocal during play and get a little too enthusiastic around toys! Freshfields have found that with a consistent routine involving a small group of trusted dog walkers, Neo is starting to improve. He enjoys his walks and is generally a happy boy. Away from the rescue environment, Neo truly thrives, he is much calmer and will happily enjoy a snooze in the sun.

Neo is looking for an adult-only, pet-free home with a kind and patient owner who will help him overcome the traumas of his past. It isn’t known how he will cope when he is left alone, so ideally his new owner will be around for most of the day. He is such a beautiful dog and will make a truly devoted companion.

Neo walks slightly hunched over, so all of his major joints and his spine were x-rayed (on 30th May 2019) and were found to have no significant changes, but because of the way he walks he does have early signs of generalised osteoarthritis. He has been placed on supplements to support this.

Neo is otherwise a very healthy and active boy who thoroughly enjoys his walks. He has suffered such cruelty in the past and he desperately needs a happy and loving home.

Could you help Neo?

Contact Freshfields Animal Rescue as follows:

Tel: 0151 931 1604

Please mention that you saw Neo on the Oldies Club website.

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