Dog buried alive under rocks and left for dead in the Highlands gets a new home

A dog that was on the brink of death after being buried alive has been saved and rehomed by the Scottish SPCA.

Jake the border collie had been left for dead, buried under a pile of rocks in the Scottish Highlands.

But after weeks of veterinary care and loving treatment, Scotland’s animal welfare charity in Glasgow has found a loving home for him.

Some walkers who were passing by where Jake was buried thankfully heard his cries and found him, reports Glasgow Live.

Thankfully, passing hill walkers heard his cries and found him. The walkers contacted the Scottish SPCA animal helpline and inspectors Yvonne Sloss and Mark Greener immediately made their way to where the callers were. The inspectors then took him to a local vet where treatment was administered right away.

Inspector Yvonne Sloss said: “This was truly one of the worst cases I have ever experienced.

“When I first saw Jake I felt shock, sadness and disbelief that someone had deliberately done this to him.

“His head was so swollen and he was in a terrible way. We didn’t think there was any way he would make it. He was in a comatose state when we arrived at the vet where he received emergency treatment.

“Miraculously, Jake survived the night. It was only when he was transferred to our Glasgow vet clinic that we found out how bad it actually was.

“Poor Jake was in need of a lot of care to help him recover both mentally and physically.”

The team at the Scottish SPCA Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre veterinary clinic was shocked at the extent of his injuries. He had multiple skull and jaw fractures and was blind in one eye. Jake had to undergo numerous surgeries to remove the damaged eye and broken teeth.

Very slowly, Jake improved. He responded well to the expert care given to him at the vet clinic. Just days before Christmas 2020, after almost six weeks of intensive treatment, Jake was fostered by Scottish SPCA inspector Mark Greener.

Due to how Jake was found, the team knew he would benefit from being in a secure and comfortable home to aid his recovery.

Mark said: “When Jake came home with me, he was still incredibly fragile. His fractures hadn’t completely healed and he was unable to close his jaw.

“Jake required specialist care and it took time for him to come round and really heal. It took him a while to trust me but now that he does, we’re bonded forever.

“We are always outside and Jake loves to play. I really couldn’t imagine life without him now. I’m so thankful to the passers-by who found Jake. Without them he may not have survived that day.

“But it’s also thanks to members of the public and Scottish SPCA supporters that Jake was able to be rescued and rehabilitated. We are only able to function due to funding from donations.

These services which helped Jake to recover from his ordeal wouldn’t be here without the generosity of the public.

“I’m sure his experience still stays with him and always will but now he’s with me, we are doing all we can to make it a distant memory.

The Scottish SPCA receives no government funding and is entirely reliant on donations from the public which make rescues like Jake’s possible.