A dog lost in a forest for 12 days is set to return home from the vets after having her leg amputated.
Nine-month-old Ruby was found on Tuesday after going missing in the Stang Forest, between Arkengarthdale and Barnard Castle, on October 5 during a walk.
Ruby was found tangled in wire around her front left leg.
Her owners have revealed that due to the injuries caused by the wire, the Labrador has had to have the leg amputated.
Owner Pauline Kavanagh said they would be picking Ruby up tomorrow from Swale Vets, which have cared for the dog after she was found.
“We are picking up Ruby tomorrow morning and bringing her home.
“The operation went as well as possible. We understand that given Ruby’s poor condition before her operation, she may well take longer than usual to recover.
“We have her bed ready for her and have also bought carpet to lay from her crate to the back door and to the kitchen so that she won’t slip on our wooden floors.
“It’s early days but for Ruby to still be with us after being tangled in wire for 12 days with no food all that time and just a puddle of water nearby, then she is a survivor —she deserves a long and contented and happy life.
“We fully intend to give her that once we get her home.”
The owner have praised Swale Vets for their care.
Pauline added: “Swale Vets have been so caring and professional and just the best we could ever hope for in looking after Ruby.”
Hundreds of people including rescue volunteers and scouts searched for the dog before she was found by a walker from Leeds.