A PUPPY who spent the first five months of life locked in a crate so small she was not able to stand is on the mend.
Gracie Lacey suffered a cruciate ligament injury and cartilage damage in one of her hind legs because the filthy pen she was kept in was so cramped.
But after being rescued from Hungary by Vigil German Shepherd Rescue she is expected to be running around and playing like a ‘normal’ dog by Christmas.
Four months after undergoing surgery and rehabilitation to build up muscles which had wasted away during her confinement, Gracie has come on in ‘leaps and bounds’.
Foster carer Celia Felstead said: ‘When she arrived, Gracie had never been walked so found the outside world scary and people frightening -but she has grown into a wonderful girl.’
Her injuries were diagnosed when the black and tan German shepherd started limping after a few weeks.
Dr David Kydd, of Medivet Wimbledon, south-west London, said: ‘The cruelty she suffered in her first months is terrible to think about. Some of the damage she suffered is permanent but the important thing is she can lead a normal life in every way.
‘This good outcome is down to great teamwork and communication, involving rescue, foster care, surgery, nursing and rehabilitation.’ Dog trainer Ms Felstead, who has now adopted Gracie, said: ‘We are eternally grateful to David and Medivet for their advice, knowledge and compassion.
‘Gracie and I are looking forward to long walks with my other three dogs.’