A PET pooch who suffered a dog’s life as a pup when her owners cut off her tail is now looking ahead to a bright future - after beginning training to support people with disabilities.
Genersis - named after the technology support company Regenersis which provided funding for her training - suffered months of pain and suffering when her original owners did a DIY job of docking her tail, cutting it off using a pair of scissors when she was a puppy.
The amateur incision was made too close to the bone, leaving behind not even a stump and a wound which took a long time to heal.
Soon afterwards they abandoned her, and she contracted kennel cough at the pound where she had been taken.
She was in a pitiful state when Shirley Lumley from Sheffield-based charity Support Dogs visited while on the hunt for new animals to train. The charity provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities to help them lead full and independent lives.
Shirley said: “It was the worst case of kennel cough I had ever seen. It is an illness that can prove fatal to dogs. On top of that she was bedraggled, dirty and unclean but, despite all that, there was something about her - real potential and a lovely nature.”
Now fit and healthy again, Gen has started training at the centre at Jessops Riverside and is on her way to becoming a disability assistance dog who will become a lifeline for her new owner.
Rita Howson, director of operations at the charity, said: “Our dogs can literally change the lives of their owners.
“So we are deeply indebted to our financial supporters, like Regenersis, who enable us to continue the work which makes such a difference to so many people’s lives.”
During her 12 weeks of training Gen, who is now about 20 months old, will be matched with a suitable person before being trained to help them to cope with their specific disability needs.