14 September 2018

Concerned locals came to the aid of a pup thrown from a car on a busy road in Torfaen, South Wales. The young dog, thought to be a Saluki Lurcher cross, was caught and then kept safe until the dog warden could take him to a local vet. When examined, he was found to be suffering from osteoarthritis and serious problems in one hip with severe muscle wastage. On top of that he was skinny, covered in fleas and riddled with worms.

Named River by his finders, he passed into the care of Hope Rescue to receive all the care and treatment he needs. He has undergone major surgery to repair his hip joint and has moved into an experienced foster home to help speed his recovery before he can be put up for adoption. The current estimate for his treatment including x-rays and surgery is £1,750.


Amy Greenfield, Hope Rescue’s Fundraising Manager, praised the efforts of a local Facebook community group, The Dogs of Torfaen, who immediately set to work raising funds for River’s vet care, “the community spirit and support for River has been overwhelming” she said. 

“We will make sure that he receives the best care and treatment to recover and we can’t thank The Dogs of Torfaen group enough for all they’ve done to make that happen.

“It’s so heart-warming when people come together to save a lovely young dog that has so clearly suffered while in the care of his previous owners.”

It would have been cheaper to amputate his leg, but as River is only seven months old, Hope Rescue decided to give him the best chance of a full recovery. River is still very shy but showing signs of improvement already in his foster home, where he is living with other dogs, cats and chickens and is settling well.

Donations can be made towards River’s treatment and care by visiting his fundraising page, emailing Hope Rescue's Fundraising Manager or calling 01443 226659.


River's story has touched many people and even made it into the Express and the South Wales Argus