Ziggy, the dog shot with a crossbow who warmed the hearts of the public, is on the road to recovery after narrowly escaping with his life.

Ziggy with crossbow bolt through his head © RSPCAThe two-year-old Staffy was found with the 20 inch carbon fibre bolt going through his head a week ago today (Wednesday, 22 October) in remote woods near Wansford, Peterborough.

It was touch-and-go during the delicate operation to remove the bolt but vets were able to “slowly-slowly”  pull it out. Incredibly, it had deflected off his skull avoiding his brain, and narrowly missed his ears and eyes by mere millimetres.

Ziggy is now in our care, receiving treatment and looking to make a full recovery.

We’ve since received overwhelming messages of support for the recovering dog, many offering to rehome him, other wanting to donate to his care or give him gifts, and others simply wishing him well.

He escaped with his life

Ziggy after surgery © RSPCARSPCA Inspector Justin Stubbs said:

“The public have really taken Ziggy and his story into their hearts. We have had such a lovely reaction from people who have inundated us with calls and messages.


“It shows that despite the fact that someone attacked, and then abandoned, Ziggy in this callous way, there are still so many more people out there who care about animals and are horrified that someone could treat him in this way. It has restored a lot of my faith.


“It was a pretty nail-biting operation – they had to just slowly, slowly pull the bolt out. And incredibly, all the vital organs had been missed. We were all flabbergasted at how narrowly he escaped with his life.


“Ziggy is such a lovely dog and is miraculously well at the moment – leaping and bounding about regardless of the hole in his head. You just wouldn’t have thought he was millimetres from death a few days ago – it is amazing how resilient animals can be.


“Many people have asked how they can help. We do hope to rehome Ziggy eventually, but he needs some time to recover from his ordeal first.”

We’ve already received a lot of offers from people wanting to rehome Ziggy, but he’s not ready to leave our care just yet.

However, if you are interested in opening up your home and your heart to an animal in our care why not find a pet today?

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