Meet Indi, the ‘thweetest’ little Maltese cross. She’s very cute with a tongue that always hangs out. But sadly, that’s because she wasn’t cared for properly in her previous home.
Indi was seized earlier this year by one of our Inspectors. Her fur was filthy, clumped and matted. The few teeth she still had had severe dental disease. Worst of all, she had one of the worst ear infections RSPCA vets have seen, causing an overwhelming, repugnant smell. We can’t imagine the terrible pain Indi was in.
Indi underwent significant vet treatment in RSPCA’s care, including surgeries for the removal of her remaining teeth and for her ear infection. A tumour was also discovered and removed in her infected ear.
She was taken into foster care by an RSPCA staff member, who continued Indi’s treatment, coaxing her take her oral medication and gently administering ear drops multiple times a day. Indi was clipped and bathed, and given loving TLC. Slowly but surely, over a few months, the ear infection healed. Indi never complained. She was such a sweet, gentle, brave girl.
Her previous owner was prosecuted by RSPCA South Australia and pleaded guilty to charges of neglect so as to cause harm. The magistrate ordered her to pay over $2,200 in costs and handed down a one year good behaviour bond. Indi’s owner wanted her back, but, thank goodness, the magistrate also ruled that Indi was forfeited into our care – meaning we were now free to permanently rehome Indi.
Indi made a full recovery, and is a content little dog. Her tongue often hangs out but it doesn’t bother her – it’s hard to keep in when you have no teeth!
Now that Indi is officially a member of her new family, she receives endless love, pats, cuddles and smooches. Indi adores her older brother Boston, and happily follows him around everywhere!
Indi’s outcome would not have been possible without the combined work and dedication of RSPCA South Australia Inspectors, prosecutors, vets, shelter staff and foster carers. We wish Indi all the best, and have no doubt that she has a joyous and loving life ahead in her new home.