A puppy whose front legs were so badly bent that those caring for him feared he would be put to sleep is now looking for a new home.
The site manager at a west Cumbria animal charity was so concerned about Flynn’s condition, that she expected vets to recommend ending the little dog’s life as his legs were in such a poor condition.
But the young whippet-saluki cross amazed everyone as, after wearing splints for just one week followed by a fortnight’s rest in his crate, his legs are almost poker straight and there are no tell-tale signs of the condition he was born with.
Flynn has a condition called carpal laxity syndrome, which left his front feet dramatically bent inwards as the tendons were too short. This was the reason his previous owners decide to rehome him, as he had been earmarked to be a hunting dog.
When the 11-week-old dog arrived at Animal Concern West Cumbria, site manager Jody McQuiston was in shock when she first saw the state of Flynn’s legs.
“When I was told about him, I was expecting a dog who wasn’t walking right and had a little kink – I was not expecting him to be as bad,” said Jody, who took on the site manager role at the Egremont-based charity just before Christmas.
“I was really worried at first, and I didn’t tell any of the volunteers as I thought it was going to be bad news and he would be put to sleep.”
But Flynn surprised everyone – including the vet who treated him – with his quick recovery and just needs a further six weeks of rest to reach his full potential. He will shortly be starting hydrotherapy sessions to help strengthen his legs, which the charity will continue to fund once he finds a new home.
Now that he is on the road to recovery, the charity is looking to rehome him and hope people will come forward.
“He’s really clever and quick to learn,” said Jody. “He can already sit when told and walks well on a lead.”
She added that the perfect owner needs to be understanding and give him gentle exercise as well as keeping him in a quiet house. He would be better placed with a family which does not have any other dogs or young children.
To donate to Flynn’s hydrotherapy fund, visit mydonate.bt.com/charities/animalconcerncumbria
Anyone interested in adopting Flynn should call 07712 330829.