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Battersea’s Chester visits The Pines Care Home on his road to recovery


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    Found with multiple injuries by the side of a busy A414 in Hertfordshire, one-year-old Chester the Saluki has faced a long road to recovery at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

    Emaciated, covered in fleas and with several deep wounds on his legs and body, the traumatised Saluki had the worst injuries some of the staff at the charity had ever seen. His wounds were so badly infected that Battersea vets had to remove the skin tissue.

    Battersea’s nurses tenderly cared for Chester every day during his 44-day recovery. Although he was physically on the mend, the psychological effects were clear to see. Very nervous but afraid to be alone, Chester would howl in his kennel, only stopping when staff came in to sit with him.

    Despite his trauma, Chester remained a very loyal and trusting dog who loved to be around people. When Paul O’Grady took a group of Battersea dogs to local nursing home The Pines in Wandsworth to cheer up the residents, it was the perfect opportunity for Chester.

    Steve Craddock, Centre Manager at Battersea, said: “Chester has suffered the most horrific injuries in his short life, and as he’s a stray we’ll never know what happened to him, but it’s incredible he’s remained so trusting of people.

    “All he wanted was to be around people and was so afraid of being alone. It broke everyone’s hearts to see him this way, which is why we thought taking him to visit a residential home would help him gain more confidence once his physical injuries had healed a bit more.”

    Chester’s full story and the visit to the care home can be seen on tomorrow’s episode of multi-award-winning ITV series, Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at 8pm on ITV.
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