By Nelson Groom
This is the heart-wrenching moment a dog whose legs were hacked off in China was found whimpering in agony on the side of a dirt road.
Distressing footage shows rescuers coming to the aid of the dog, named Braveheart, after she survived the attack in Zhejiang province in December last year.
The two-year-old mixed breed was raced to a veterinary clinic for emergency surgery in what would be the beginning of long and incredibly lucky road to recovery.
Now, after learning to walk again on a brand-new set of prosthetic legs, Braveheart has been welcomed into a loving home in Scotland.
New owner Amanda Leask, 48, from Edinburgh, who has given Braveheart a new lease of life with a family of rescue dogs, said: “This dog is a survivor in every sense of the word.
“I truly believe her tenacious appetite to survive brought her through mentally!
“She’s loving the fresh country air, the peace and tranquillity the countryside gives, the soft grass she can actually walk on using what’s left of her little limbs.
“She is in good company here. This girl is easing in gently to a new and exciting life where we aim to have her run alongside her pack.”
The dog was named for her bravery and a white heart mark on her head.
Due to her wounds being left in the dirt, Braveheart had to have both legs amputated to survive the risk of fatal infection.
But the little battler showed her fighting spirit as soon as she regained consciousness, learning to stand on her haunches and walk with the help of a wheelchair.
Australian charity Fight Dog Meat covered the costs of Braveheart’s rehabilitation and transportation to her new life in Scotland.
Michele Brown, the CEO of the registered charity, said: “She has done remarkably well to have made this recovery.
“This should have been a dog meat trade victim, there was a slaughterhouse just up the road and a butcher was about to pick her up.
“When both legs had to be amputated we all feared she wouldn’t make it. The dog defied all odds.
“She is so happy to get a second chance. We’d like to thank all our supporters for making that possible.”