A dog which twice cheated death in Ukraine after being rescued from floods and surviving a Russian bombing has found a new home thanks to a British charity.
Heartbreaking footage captured the mixed breed pup, named Henry, clinging for life in the rubble of a building, after the Kakhovka dam in Kherson was destroyed.
Rescuers waded through the flood waters to save the dog in June. The sound of the missiles falling can be heard.
To avoid drowning, brave Henry managed to doggy-paddle to the remains of a bombed-out building poking out of the flood waters.
Gregg Tully, Country Director for Save The Dogs, revealed how Henry was originally found “collapsed, exhausted and barely conscious”.
“After Kherson’s dam exploded, Henry, a dog covered in oil, sludge, and other mud, was one of those dogs pulled from the floodwaters. There was a lot of toxic material at the bottom of the reservoir that washed out with the flood.”
“We thought this dog was all black, and then he was cleaned up and, actually, he’s more white than black.”
He had to be treated round-the-clock in a clinic near Odesa (Poland) because of chemical burns on his skin caused by the toxic sludge.
But his ordeal didn’t end as shortly after his rescue, the animal clinic caring for him was bombed by the Russians. Despite the bombardment, Henry and the other animals escaped unharmed and he was moved to another clinic where he continued to receive treatment.
Four months later, and the dog is now in his new loving home. This was made possible by the Blue Cross Ukraine Pet Welfare Fund.
“He obviously loves people and is a really happy dog.
“It’s been really inspiring after seeing the videos of him getting pulled out of the flood waters, and now he’s a happy, loving dog in a loving new home.
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“I won’t forget him – it was really amazing to see that.”
Liliana Pacheco, Director for Community Engagement, Save The Dogs said Henry now lives with his new owner Anya in Poland where he is continuing to grow.
“I realized no one was going to want him, and that he would never be able to feel loved after the hell that he had been through. That’s why I started looking for him and I found the hospital where he was taken.”
Anna Wade, from national pet charity Blue Cross said, “The compassion and dedication of the charity partners on the ground to rescue pets and care for them day to day, is overwhelming and we’re doing all we can to support them and their vital work.”
The Blue Cross Ukraine Pet Welfare Fund, has raised over PS500,000 to fund and provide support to cats and dogs left in Ukraine and for owners fleeing the country with their animals.
Gregg says Save the Dogs has sent almost 1,000 tons of food to dogs and cats in Ukraine and they’ve sterilized more than 1,300 animals to avoid a surge in strays on the streets.
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