A dog found buried alive under rocks in a “deliberate” act of cruelty which nearly killed him has now found a loving home.
Border collie Jake, aged three, was found by shocked rescuers in November 2020 in the Highlands.
He was found by hillwalkers who heard his cries and was in a coma by the time he was rushed to a vets.
Jake was taken to another clinic in Glasgow and his injuries included multiple skull fractures as well as losing the sight in one eye.
But he has now been rehabilitated and found a loving owner with Scottish SPCA inspector Mark Greener, who was one of the people sent to the scene.
After surgery on his injuries, Jake was able to spend Christmas with Mark, who found him with colleague Yvonne Sloss.
Staff at the charity were shocked at the state he was in and he underwent six weeks of intensive treatment.
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.”
Jake is now settling in with Mark at his home, who says the pair have “bonded forever”.
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.”