The U.K. RSPCA Dog of the Year is Holley, a dog once tied to a fence and left to die, according to this story from the Cambridge News.
At nine months old she was pregnant, muzzled with a rope through her mouth and covered in bruises where she had been kicked and punched.
When new owner Graham Mission adopted her she was frightened by everyone and everything. Because of the damage to her mouth caused by the rope she still has to have her food minced.
Now five years later with patience and kindness of her new owner she has overcome her fears and has even completed training to become a registered PAT (Pets As Therapy) dog. As a therapy dog she regularly goes to entertain patients in hospitals, hospices and residential homes.
Her owner was delighted when she was announced as a finalist.
"She's such a star, extremely courageous and the best dog I could ever wish for.”
Isn’t it amazing how much these abused little throwaway dogs can contribute when they are given a second chance?