Rescue dog saved in East Yorkshire by RSPCA inspector wins first agility competition

A rescue spaniel who was saved along with 35 other dogs from living in squalor has gone on to win his first agility competition – and came second and third in two more!

Monday, 14th June 2021, 11:08 am
Rescue dog Beau shows his talent in an agility competition. Photo: Paws Photography/Rebecca Colley

Beau was found living in filthy conditions with the other dogs at a property in East Yorkshire when the RSPCA police and vets visited the premises in June 2019.

Most of the dogs, including six puppies, were in poor health and found to have no bedding, food or water.

All the dogs were housed in makeshift kennels which were built in filthy rubbish-strewn barns and they were surrounded by and stood in their own faeces.

Sadly some of the dogs had not had much human contact and needed behavioural work before they were ready to be rehomed through the RSPCA

Animal rescuer inspector Thomas Hutton, who led the investigation, decided to offer one spaniel a home himself.

Thomas said: “I had two spaniels as pets anyway and Beau seemed such a nice character we decided to take him on - he immediately made a great addition to the house.

“He was in a poor state when we rescued him but he has come on leaps and bounds and as he enjoyed agility classes my partner, Bronia MacMillan, decided to enter him in a competition.

“Last month we took him to his first contest in Staffordshire - as they had not been able to take place due to Covid restrictions - and not only did he come first in one competition but he also came second and third in two others.

“We are so proud of him and how far he has come. Beau is a completely different dog to the one I rescued when he was frightened and shy and in poor health.

“It didn’t take him long to come out of his shell and it is so rewarding to see him loving life and doing so well.”

A man was given a lifetime ban on keeping animals and was jailed for 16 weeks, suspended for two years, after admitting a range of animal welfare offences.

To see Beau in action click this link: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/8r5xSVWEwb/dXMtNjk1OGVmZTktYWY4ZS00ZGQzLTgwZDMtNmM5ZjFmOWM3NDBk

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit www.rspca.org.uk or call 0300 123 8181.