Rescued on 27 March 2022, Buster was rescued from extreme neglect. Initially very unsettled, he quickly responded to the love and care offered in the Sanctuary, and we hope new, more responsible owners are in his very near future.
Although it is a criminal offence with up to 2 years imprisonment to abandon a dog or not provide adequate shelter, food and water, conviction rates are chronically low, and cases are notoriously difficult, costly and time-consuming to pursue.
Additionally, dogs in cages and on chains is a common occurrence. We are doing our best to educate and raise awareness of this issue but until we grow much more significantly, legal cases are beyond our scope of operations.
Hopefully in the coming years this will change.
Buster tested positive for Erlichia and was covered in ticks. He was successfully treated, and neutered as all our dogs are once fit enough for the operation. Initially Buster didn't trust anyone, and after his two weeks quarantine, we released him into the Sanctuary but he started attacking some of the other dogs and also was aggressive to staff. The only person he likes is our vet assistant Alvin, who began working with him to socialise and train him. Alvin has worked wonders, and just a few short weeks later Buster is happily running around and seemingly in much friendly spirits. Given what he has had to endure at the hands of humans, his turnaround is remarkable!