Zahara just needs loving
Zahara has had an "awful" start to life but her future should be very different.
The little dog was found wandering the streets of Mangere in April and she has been in the care of SPCA Auckland ever since.
When she was picked up she had a chain wrapped so tightly around her neck it had cut through her skin and into the muscle.
The chain was rubbing painfully against the open wound and infection had already set in, SPCA senior inspector Kevin Plowright says.
"Zahara was lucky that someone found her before it became life-threatening."
Mr Plowright says the dog must have belonged to someone but with no microchip or registration tag, her past is a mystery.
"Her collar wound suggests a terrible case of neglect, yet she isn't underweight.
"Someone must have been feeding her. It's just hard to understand how someone could give food to an injured dog but not seek medical help," Mr Plowright says.
The 1-year-old kelpie cross has recovered from her wound and has been looking for a home for several months.
Her long SPCA stay is starting to affect her and she needs to be adopted soon, SPCA spokeswoman Rona Booth says.
Zahara is described as "quite timid" and she will need a patient owner to help build her confidence.
"She has probably spent her life chained up, never being walked or shown the love and care she deserved," Mr Plowright says.
Zahara's foster parents say she has a lovely temperament considering her background. She loves to play, run around and sleep with her nose hidden in her blankets.
SPCA staff say Zahara would be best suited to a quiet household where she can be made part of the family.
Call Erica at the SPCA canine team on 256 7300 ext 829 to arrange a time to meet Zahara.
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