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Neglected dog makes turnaround (06/01/2009)
A dog who was ordered to be immediately put down after it was found because of its appalling condition has made a remarkable recovery.
Hobo, who weighed only 40 pounds when discovered, was suffering from severe malnutrition and had claws so long that he could not walk.
However, the German Shepherd dog was given a three-day reprieve which eventually saved him.
Joy Battinson, who was the owner of the dog, was yesterday banned from owning a dog for 25 years, as well as given a twelve-month supervision order.
Student vet nurse Ruth Bates who looked after Hobo, told the Daily Mail: "None of us thought he was going to make it but we thought we'd give him a few days.
"We started feeding him up, he was always happy to eat and that's what gave us hope."
She added that he could not be treated for the mange because of his weakened immune system, but he soon got stronger and is now perfectly fit and healthy although must take medication for arthritis.