Wisbech businesswoman helps super-dog Haatchi to ‘Animal of the Year’ award

06:00 27 November 2012

Haatchi on the Driver Hire stand at this year’s ‘Truckfest’ with, from left, Colleen Drummond, Owen Howkins and Sue Crilly.

Haatchi on the Driver Hire stand at this year’s ‘Truckfest’ with, from left, Colleen Drummond, Owen Howkins and Sue Crilly.

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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.

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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