A DOG which had to have its rear leg and tail amputated after its owners chained it to a railway line has won a special award - with help from a Wisbech businesswoman.

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Haatchi, a fifteen-month-old Anatolian Shepherd, made a good recovery after suffering the horrific injuries when it was run over by a train.

The dog was helped by re-homing charity UK German Shepherd Rescue, which is supported by Sue Crilly, owner of Wisbech-based firm Driver Hire Fenland.

Sue is a central fund-raising co-ordinator for the charity and her office provides valuable sponsorship.

It was with help from this sponsorship that Haatchi was re-homed in Hampshire with the Howkins family - father Will, step-mum Colleen Drummond and seven-year-old Owen.

Sue said: “Owen Howkins suffers from a rare genetic condition and Haatchi has become an important part of his life. He’s been with Owen through some tough physio sessions and helped him overcome shyness.”

Haatchi, now a ‘therapy dog’, has been named as the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s ‘Animal of the Year’. He also won Drontal’s ‘Give your dog a bone’ award.

The triumphant pup was presented with his awards by rock guitarist Brian May at a prestigious House of Lords reception, which Sue attended.

“Haatchi won his award partly for bravery, but mainly because of what he gives to others,” said Sue. “He really is a champion.

“We’re delighted that funds raised by Driver Hire and its clients at industry events such as Truckfest have played a part in helping, not just Haatchi, but other German Shepherd dogs who have been ill-treated.

“And, of course, Haatchi is repaying us by helping other people, all of whom benefit from knowing him.”

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