Shar Pei dog whose owner moved away and left her behind stars in TV programme

A Shar Pei dog who was left behind when her owner moved away before being rescued by the RSPCA will appear on the Channel Five show.

Tonight’s episode (Tuesday 27 July) of The Dog Rescuers on Five features Lila, a seven-year-old Shar Pei who was rescued by Inspector Jess Dayes in Essex.

She was being cared for by neighbours after her owner sadly moved away and left her behind. After a timid start, Lila finally let Jess take her to the RSPCA Danaher Animal Home in Essex for a check over where the vets soon realised that she had some issues with her eyes, as well as inflamed ears.

Lila was suffering from entropion which is where the eyelid rolls in towards the eyeball causing fur and eyelashes to rub and irritate the surface of the eye. This is a common problem with Shar Pei dogs due to their excessive skin folds and often needs surgery to correct. She’d already had an operation as a puppy to get rid of the excess skin around her eyes but sadly needed another operation which RSPCA vet Robert Lees carried out with precision.

Robert said: “The trouble with these dogs is there is so much loose skin it can be difficult to judge quite how much to take away which is probably what happened in her first operation. We’ve managed to take this lid that’s folding over and take that excess skin away so she should be a lot more comfortable now.”

After her surgery, Lila recovered well in RSPCA care.

Jess who rescued her, said: “Lila is a friendly dog and will make somebody a lovely pet. She’s going to tick a lot of boxes for rehoming which is great. She’s a really loving dog. I’ve got a soft spot for Lila!”

Jess was proven right and Lila was rehomed to a new loving family.

Comedian Alan Davies hosts the brand new series of The Dog Rescuers. The show follows RSPCA officers as they are out on the road saving dogs from cruelty and neglect.

Tune in to the new series of Dog Rescuers tonight (Tuesday 27 July) at 7pm to see Lila’s full story or watch it on catch up on My5.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit their website.