Happy ending for Casper as dog beaten with hammer and left for dead finds forever home

Rescuers first found Casper lying bloody, broken, and beaten within an inch of his life. Now, he’s made a miraculous recovery – happier than ever and eager to start a new chapter in his forever home.

The lovable 4-year-old lurcher was rescued by the Cork Dog Action Welfare Group (Cork DAWG) in mid-September after having been beaten by a hammer and abandoned in the Cork countryside

Poor Casper was in agony, could barely move and had injuries all over his body – but when he saw his rescuers coming, he still managed to wag his tail.

After multiple surgeries and a lengthy stay at the charity’s shelter – sadly losing his eye in the process – our four-legged friend has made a miraculous recovery, and was recently adopted by a loving family who’re desperate to give this amazing dog the wonderful home he deserves.

Casper was previously being cared for by his foster Marie in Cork. Speaking to CorkBeo, she said she never planned on taking in another animal again until she heard this poor dog’s story.

Despite being abused and severely mistreated by his previous owners, volunteers say Casper is a kind, caring and very playful little guy, with Marie describing him as an ‘absolute sweetheart with loads of love to give.’

While waiting to move into the forever home later this year, Casper’s been busy helping his rescuers with their latest fundraising drive – patrolling the streets of Leeside to raise money to save more animals in need.

We caught up with volunteer Catherine Malone while she and the lovable young lurcher did their rounds on Patrick’s Street. Speaking to CorkBeo, Catherine said that Casper’s recovery has been a team effort, and that he’s been a pleasure to look after for their entire crew.

She said: “His progress has been amazing. He really should be vicious after all he’s been through, like he has a right to be. He does tend to fall over a bit because of the one-eye, but he doesn’t let it get him down.”

While things have worked out brilliantly for Caspers however, the charity is still urging people to ‘adopt, don’t shop’ as Cork sees an animal cruelty crisis in recent months.

A report from Dogs Trust Ireland has also shown that a heartbreaking total of 66 dogs were euthanised in Cork last year – over double the amount put to sleep in the county in 2021.

Cork DAWG long-term volunteer Martina Kirby has urged the public to do what they can as many charities see in a sharp spike in demand this year.

She said: “For every dog that’s adopted there’s 20 more out there waiting fora home, every charity will tell you that. The situation in Ireland is chronic at the moment for German Shepherds, Lurchers and Greyhounds, it’s worse for bigger dogs.

“Funding for teams like ours is very little, and we depend a lot support from the public.”

If you’d like the CSPCA with their amazing work, you can pop down and say hello at their next fundraiser in Mallow this Saturday November 11. More details on the organiser’s Facebook page here.