As he snuggles up warm and content on the sofa of his new home, Arlo’s frostbitten ears are now the only reminder of his sad, traumatic past.
The six-year-old crossbreed was found abandoned on a mountain top in Wales on a freezing cold January day – frightened, emaciated and with wounds on the tips of his ears caused by prolonged exposure to the bitter, sub-zero air.
Had he not been rescued there and then, he would have soon lost his fight for survival.
But that sadly wasn’t the end of his battle. When Arlo – known as Trevor by Blue Cross – arrived at our then brand new Suffolk rehoming centre after being found, he had months of health difficulties to overcome.
Kristina Dimitrova, Animal Welfare Supervisor at the rehoming centre, said: “When he came to us, Arlo was rather skinny with his hip bones protruding. He was also very shy and shut down.
“Our vets checked him over and also found him to have anaemia, which was the possible cause of a heart murmur that had been detected, and likely to be down to him being starved.”
On top of this, the bits of his ears damaged by the frostbite needed to be removed.