Rescue dog who lost nose after being abused finds new home in UK
A dog that was left severely disfigured after suffering severe abuse in Russia has found a new home in the UK.
Millie was “stomped on” and shot several times, causing the bones in her face to shatter.
She was spotted online by Kasey Carlin, 22, who immediately reached out to the shelter in Moscow and asked to adopt the animal.
“The first video I saw of Millie was her rescue video,” she said.
“She was just this little puppy, cowering and screaming and trying to breathe because in the front half of her nose the bones were just completely shattered.”
Crowdfunding raised over £12,000 to bring Millie and another dog, Mitya, over to the UK and have surgery.
Ms Carlin, who lives near Brighton, said vets suspected Millie had been “stomped on” and shot several times with a pellet gun which injured her badly but did not kill her.
Despite the trauma she says Millie is now a “very happy dog”.
“She’s fully healed and in no pain – the vet’s given her the all-clear,” she said.
“The only thing I could possibly complain about, but I can’t even complain about it, is that she drools when she’s hungry because she’s missing that part of her jaw. But I drool when I’m hungry too.”
Millie recently attended the opening of an exclusive dog-friendly members club, which was attended by Pippa Middleton’s brother.
“You can imagine the pain she was in for so long from the hands of people, but she was saying hello to everybody, she met so many posh, fancy people,” Ms Carlin said.
“She was with Pippa Middleton’s brother and I hadn’t even realised. She’s gone from the slums of Russia to living the high life. She’s incredible.”
Ms Carlin owns three dogs and fosters a fourth named Bella, who has three legs.
One of her own pets, Maggie, is disabled, having also suffered serious abuse.
Maggie now has 370, 000 followers on Instagram and is known as “Maggie the Wonder Dog”.
Ms Carlin says that Millie often attracts looks from strangers when she is out in public but that her friendly nature is “infectious”.
“Instantly people usually stroke dogs under the chin but she’s a bit dribbly so they go to stroke her on top of the head,” she said.
“But she’s so happy – I’m yet to meet somebody that she’s not won over.”