Dog given just hours to live nine months ago triumphs at Crufts

A dog which had been shot, left with failing kidneys and unable to stand nine months ago won Crossbreed of the Year at Crufts on Saturday alongside his Sheffield owner.

Amanda Bell, from Worrall, discovered Percy, a Pointer, Collie and Chihuahua crossbreed, through Facebook. He had been recovered by D.O.G rescue in Cyprus.

Ms Bell suspected he could have been shot once he had no more use as a hunting dog or he may have been caught stealing food.

When he was found he weighed just nine kilograms compared to the 23 kilograms he is now and he had shrapnel in his body. He was given just hours to live.

Percy has made a remarkable recovery in nine months. (Credit: Amanda bell).  

He recovered and was brought over to Sheffield, but Ms Bell said Percy struggled with his new surroundings.

She said: “If anybody came he was absolutely petrified. He would run to end of the garden and hide under a bush.

“I had a real problem getting him to leave the garden. I had to put a harness on him and gently tug him. A two minute walk would take an hour.”

As trust slowly built, Ms Bell decided to enter Percy into the crossbreed category, Scruffts, making it past the heats and a semi-final, much to her surprise.

The Scruffts Champion

Her amazement continued when Percy’s name was read out as the winner of Scruffts at the NEC in Birmingham.

She said: “I’m very proud of him. I didn’t know if it would be too much for him on Saturday. The arena was packed and very noisy.

“We won at that point because he showed all the people that abused him that he was ok.”

In the final, Percy beat out five other finalists including Teddy the Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross and Zak the border collie/spaniel cross.

Performer Michael Ball, who helped judge the finalists, said: “Percy is so calm, kind – you look into his eyes and he’s so grateful. It’s a testament as much to Amanda as it is to him.”

The Scrufts competition is run to support the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which gives grants to welfare organisations and offers financial support for canine research and charities.