German Shepherd makes amazing transformation after years of neglect

A German Shepherd is looking for a new home after it took a whole year for her fur to grow back following years of neglect.

Six-year old Sheena was almost completely bald when she was rescued by the RSPCA in September last year.

A member of the public contacted the animal welfare charity after growing concerned about Sheena and a second dog – Staffordshire Bull Terrier Belinda – at a property in Sheffield.

Both of the dogs were suffering from extensive fur loss and when they were taken to the vets, were discovered to both have severe flea infestations.

The dogs were seized by the police and taken into care by RSPCA’s Sheffield Animal Centre while the charity investigated their case.

A spokesperson said: “Sheena is an absolute trooper. When she arrived in our care she was totally bald apart from a little hair around her face, and she was underweight and in very poor condition. It was difficult to even see what type of dog she was.

“After many months of love, medication and TLC she was absolutely flourished and now she’s finally ready for a brand-new life.”

On 7 August, Sheena’s previous owner, Jason Pearce pleaded guilty to two offences under the Animal Welfare Act and was disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years. He was deprived of both dogs and ordered to pay £120 fine, £200 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

A warrant has also been issued for a second defendant – a 47-year-old woman – who is also due before court for the same offences.

Now that the case is over, Sheena can find a new home. Sheena would suit a home where she is the only dog but where her new owners will help her improve her socialisation with other dogs. She would also benefit from a quiet home with older children.

Sheena is active and would like somewhere she can stay busy, learn new tricks and go on long walks and lots of adventures.

For more information about Sheena, visit her online profile or call the centre on 01142 898050.