Miracle dog up for award

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 November 2018

Brandy has since made a full recovery. Picture: Ben Stevens

Brandy has since made a full recovery. Picture: Ben Stevens

Ben Stevens

A dog who miraculously survived a freak accident after being rushed to Thamesmead Pet Hospital is up for a national award.

Brandy after her operation - drains were left in her stitching for a while. Picture: PDSABrandy after her operation - drains were left in her stitching for a while. Picture: PDSA

Brandy the staffie, from Woolwich, has reached the final of the PDSA Pet Survivor of the Year, a national competition run by the leading vet charity.

Brandy, who was a year old at the time, was playing fetch in the garden last year when things went disastrously wrong.

Owner Sophia-Jayne Lye said: “I was inside when I heard my daughter Soe screaming.

“I rushed out and saw Brandy lying there with a huge stick pushing out of her chest. It was unbelievable. Luckily she was still breathing but I knew we needed to get her help urgently.”

They rushed to PDSA’s Thamesmead Pet Hospital where vets were astonished that Brandy was still alive.

The 11-inch stick had pierced her mouth, travelled through her throat and was lodged in her chest.

Life-saving surgery was required to carefully remove the stick, which took four and a half hours, but it was still touch-and-go for Brandy.

After several days at the hospital she was able to go home, but still required round-the-clock care from her owners and regular visits back to PDSA.

They had to clean the drains in her wounds daily, but she eventually made a full recovery and is now known as the Wonder Dog.

PDSA Pet Hospital leader Laura Davey said: “Brandy’s were some of the worst stick injuries I’ve ever seen, she was incredibly lucky, as it would’ve been fatal if the stick had hit an artery.

“She was such a wonderful patient, and her owners’ dedication ensured she recovered as quickly as possible.

“We’re delighted she’s up for this award, and think she truly deserves to win.”

Also in the running for the award is Skittles the cat North West London, who survived after being found impaled on railings; Dexter the cat from Cornwall who suffered a horrific attack in which it’s suspected he was deliberately shot through the mouth with an airgun and Maximus the cat from Fife who was involved in a suspected hit-and-run accident, leaving his skull and jaw broken in two.

The pets are going whisker-to-whisker for the title of Pet Survivor of the Year 2018.

The Great British public will now pick the winner by voting at

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