Spencer, the dog found tied to a post in a Norwich park, has his ‘forever home’

Spencer the dog with his new owner Simon Oddy. Picture: RSPCA

Spencer the dog with his new owner Simon Oddy. Picture: RSPCA - Credit: Archant

Spencer the dog, who was tied up and left for dead in a Norwich park, has a happy new 'forever' home.

Spencer when he was found, hog-tied at Sloughbottom Park in Norwich.

Spencer when he was found, hog-tied at Sloughbottom Park in Norwich. - Credit: PA

Almost three months after being hog-tied to a post at Sloughbottom Park, the brown-and-white boxer cross is enjoying a new life with Simon Oddy in Peterborough.

And Mr Oddy, 37, said: 'You wouldn't have thought he had been through such a traumatic experience. He's so placid and happy.'

Spencer was found on Saturday August 30, with his legs tied together, so he could not stand up or move, and his collar was bound up with string and household electrical cable.

RSPCA staff named him after the police officer who found him and covered him with his coat to keep him warm.

RSPCA Inspector Laura Sayer with Spencer. Photo: Bill Smith

RSPCA Inspector Laura Sayer with Spencer. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

After treatment and care in specialist boarding facilities and RSPCA centres, he has now made a full recovery.


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Mr Oddy said: 'As soon as we saw him on the website we couldn't not want him - he charmed us instantaneously. We hadn't heard then about his terrible past, but we looked at the links and saw the story and it just made us want him more.

'It is amazing how trusting dogs can be - they seem to move on and forgive and forget so quickly.

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'Most humans would be slow to trust if something like that had happened to them - but Spencer just wags his tail and bounds over in his friendly way to all he meets.'

Mr Oddy grew up with parents who ran a rescue centre in Newcastle and said he would encourage people to adopt their pets.

'There's just so many rescue dogs out there,' he said. 'It is nice to give them a chance.

'Somehow it deepens the bond knowing what they have been through and how much they deserve this second chance of a happy home. It makes you want to give them more.'

RSPCA inspector Laura Sayer said: 'I am so delighted that Spencer has now found his forever home. He is such a lovely dog and was so sweet and loving from the word go, that it does not surprise me that someone fell in love with him so quickly.

'It is the best part of our job when we reach such happy endings - it just makes everything worthwhile.'

If you would like to rehome a rescue and give an animal like Spencer a second chance at a happy home, visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet

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