Devoted dog helps save moggie mate missing for eight weeks
A devoted dog helped save its moggie mate who had been missing for EIGHT WEEKS.
Forget fighting like cat and dog, eagle-eared pooch Millie rescued his distressed feline friend, Jess, who was trapped in barbed wire.
Millie was walking with owner Pete Adney, 48, near their home in the Castle Bromwich area of Birmingham when she started barking and whining.
Unable to move her on, Pete spotted Jess tangled up in the wire and waded into to set her free.
Business analyst Pete said: “It was unbelievable.
“If it hadn’t have been for Millie, Jess could have died.
“I had heard a cat meowing but couldn’t see anything so was going to move on.
“Millie was going mad barking at the wall, she must have known it was Jess.
“When I peered through, I saw Jess’s skinny body wrapped in barbed wire.
“She looked like a carcass.”
Fortunately, Pete was dressed in his motorbike leathers and managed to wade through a bramble bush to free Jess from the wire.
After carrying her home, and with the help of wife Sharon, 47, they rushed the two-year-old to YourVets in Stechford, West Mids.
Sharon said: “It was absolutely heart-breaking seeing her like that.
“She was just this ball of matted fur and you couldn’t see that there was wire stuck in her at the time.
“It was a miracle that she had been found after almost two months but then I was convinced she was going to die.”
Once she was stabilised, Jess was moved on to YourVets in Coventry, West Mids, for life-saving surgery.
The couple had to spend £1000 to cover her treatment costs, meaning they had to cancel a planned holiday to Italy.
Sharon said: “We had planned to go on a road trip to Rome in July and had booked all of the hotels and everything.
“But we decided we would much rather have her home safe and well than go away if she had died.
“I couldn’t have lived with it if we had not paid to keep Jess alive.”
Having finished her life-saving treatment, Jess has become a house cat now.
Sharon said: “Jess and Millie get on like a house on fire now.
“They sleep next to each other on the bed and follow each other around everywhere.
“Jess doesn’t even look to go out any more, she’s a completely different animal.
“Millie was definitely a spoiled dog before but she’s had some extra special treats since.”
Two weeks after the operation to remove the 15cm stretch of wire trapping her, Jess is home and ruling the roost over Millie again.
Pete said: “We never thought Jess would pull through.
“We just thought they would put her down.
“When we got her home she looked like a Frankenstein cat.
“She had been missing since the start of April and, despite going door to door and posting her picture online, we thought she was gone for good.
“To have her home safe and well is just brilliant.
“Jess will definitely be a house cat from now on.
“She just lies on the floor showing off her scars now for Millie to admire.”
Senior veterinary surgeon Matthew Plumtree said: “When Pete brought Jess in she was very weak and pale.
“She had probably been stuck for a couple of days, so our priority was to put her on a drip to rehydrate her, and give her pain relief.
“Two weeks after her surgery and she’s doing brilliantly.
“Suffice to say she’s used a few of her nine lives.”