Latest on terrified German Shepherd dog dumped on busy road

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A pet dog left terrified of humans after being tied to a fence and abandoned near a busy road by its heartless owner is making good progress.

The German shepherd is starting to grow in confidence and will now let rescuers stroke him, they have said.

The distressed dog had dirty matted fur when he was found tied to a fence next to a layby on the A515, between Sudbury and Ashbourne.

He was so traumatised by his ordeal when he was first rescued, he would not let anyone near him so it was not known if he was male or female, just that he looked like an older dog.

However, as he grows in confidence it has been confirmed that the dog is in fact male and has now been named Shadow due to his distinctive light-coloured fur by the Crowfoot Kennels Dog Rescue team, in Church Broughton, who are caring for him.

And he is proving a bit of a hit with caring staff moved by his cruel treatment who have taken him to heart. Shadow is now receiving veterinary treatment and has allowed staff to chop off some of his matted fur as he settle in.

Sophie Bacon, the kennel manager at Crowfoot Kennels Dog Rescue, said: "At the moment we're still waiting to get some results back from the vets but he will let us stroke him from behind but doesn't let you go straight for him.

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"It's just building up his confidence.

"Hopefully he will have a tidy up next week and get his hair cut.

"He's had a little trim to get rid of the matted fur until he got frightened.

"We did our best not to make it too much for him."

In a post on Facebook the kennels said: "He is still very nervous but is starting to trust us.

"He is getting lots of love from the staff.

"Thank you for all the comments and advice about what breed he is but we still believe he's a German shepherd cross.

"Thank you for the support and kind donation from all our supporters."

The older white-coloured German shepherd was hidden out of sight from the road and was only found by a farmer who heard its barking on Tuesday afternoon, July 28.

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