Dodger, an 18-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, has had his vision restored after a lifetime of suffering with blindness and deafness. The young dog was born with cataracts and minimal hearing, meaning that he found it difficult to see or hear anything. To make matters worse, Dodger’s previous owner beat him and was caught doing so in an online video. Following the video’s distribution, his owner was banned from owning any canine for 15 years and subjected to a prison sentence.
Although this story began in a rather unfortunate way, this Staffordshire Bull Terrier is now living a happy and hopeful life thanks to professionals working at the Animal Health Trust. Dodger was rescued after his owner was caught hitting him and brought to the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre, based in Cambridgeshire. Deputy manager Kirstyn Gaunt spoke kindly about Dodger, saying:
“Dodger is an amazing dog and everyone who meets him instantly falls in love with him.”
It is his charm and kind nature that has resulted in Dodger gaining many new friends and even better, his sight. The AHT’s Ophthalmologists were contacted by the RSPCA when they prayed for a cure to his poor vision. These hopes soon became a dream come true for Dodger and those who care for him, as an examination displayed that an operation could transform his sight forever.
In February 2012, Dodger visited the AHT and had a minor operation on his left eye. Following this, his vision is continuously improving and workers at the RSPCA feel assured that his future will be bright. Several weeks of treatment will take place to ensure the Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s eyes heal appropriately but in the meantime, Dodger is seeking out a friendly new owner who can fulfil his energetic personality.