Veterinary technician, Elizabeth Mancera, remembers the day Sophie arrived at the practise.

She said: “The detectives pulled up and said they had a dog who was barely alive. They handed her almost-lifeless body to me and I laid her on the exam table.

“She was covered in feces and freezing cold and wet. I talked to her the whole time and even though she couldn’t move her body, she looked up at me with pleading eyes. I kept telling her she would be okay.”

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For the next couple of hours Elizabeth gave Sophie life saving care.

She gave her a warm bath and dried her with a blow dryer to try and raise Sophie’s body temperature. It took almost two hours, but eventually her temperature began to rise.

“Her temperature was too low to even register on a thermometer and she wasn’t moving at all. We didn’t think there was any way she would survive.”

“Everyone thought she was going to die.”

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