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Formerly Abused Crossbreed Dog Wins Best Rescue at Crufts (video)

Crufts, The World’s Largest Dog Show, is not only about breeds competing for Best in Show. Crufts includes the widely entertaining musical freestyle competition, some of the best agility teams in the world, the heartwarming Friends for Life Award, and the Scruffts at Crufts competitions for crossbreed dogs. One of the classes in Scruffts is the Best Crossbreed Rescue.

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Crufts was viewable via livestream throughout the weekend. When Big Brother winner, Kate Lawler, introduced the finalists in the Cross Breed Dogs competition, every story pulled at my heartstrings. And I cried when I saw Wylie and heard his story. I was astounded that I was looking at a dog who was severely beaten in Afghanistan, had been forced to fight (as a sport), had his ears chopped off, had been run over by a car, and had his genitals severed before he was stabbed in the chest. He wouldn’t even had been alive if soldiers hadn’t found him in severe pain and treated his wounds. According to the Daily Mail, Wylie was taken in by Nowzad charity, founded by Royal Marine Pen Farthing, and brought back to Britain. Sarah Singleton from Somerset met him, fell in love with him and nursed him back to health. The emotional wounds were no smaller than the physical ones.

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Sarah told the Bleacher Report, “The journey he has been on from Afghanistan where he was near death so many times to now in the main ring at Crufts is just amazing. He represents all the rescue dogs and all the underdogs from all round the world. I am so proud of him.”

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11:25AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

What a wonderful success-story .. makes me so glad.

1:17AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

thanks

12:58AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

thanks

5:04PM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

Thank you!

4:34AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

thanks

3:09AM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

Informative story

7:55PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Thank you!

12:09PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

glad things are OK for this rescue

5:20AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

I would ban crufts, pedigree dogs can suffer from inbred defects that cause great suffering. It encourages dog breeding and these dogs are bred for looks and status not for health. This whole competition makes me sick, even the kennel club allow dogs to have repeated litters, its a disgrace.

5:04AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Sweet.

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