Bentley the boy rescued from certain death needs a loving home

Bentley’s story is one of those that would melt any heart.

Bentley was a street dog living in a remote mountain area some 150 kilometres outside Fethiye and away from civilisation.

It was while there that the tiny boy was attacked quite viciously by a large Kangal dog, leaving weak and badly wounded.

He was found by a local who did nothing to help him other than to take a video of this pitiful young dog to post on social media.

It was clear from the video that he was badly injured and that his wounds were badly infected.

The video was shared over 100 times and still no-one stepped in to offer him help. At least no-one that is until it was seen by AFOT supporter Gill Sanderson living in Fethiye.

Bentley recovering after his ermergency treatment at the vets

She couldn’t sit by and so she jumped in her car with a friend and drove off to find him only armed with a vague location that he was found near a building site of a new prison in the mountains.

They set out at midnight for the three-hour drive and when she got there they were in the middle of nowhere with temperatures of minus 14 degrees.

The pair searched all night and then eventually at around 7.30 in the morning they found him in pitiful and appalling condition. He looked ready to give up.

Bentley is a lovely, happy boy who will make a great companion for someone

They carefully put him in the back seat of the car and turned up the heater. The poor exhausted mite just lay there for the whole journey totally worn out.

They took him straight to the vet where examination showed he had six horrendous and gaping wounds. We have the photographs of these but they are too shocking to share.

He was patched up and Gill took him to the home that she shares with around 40 cats. He is still being cared for there for this special lady.

Bentley loves his walks and is great on the lead

For the first couple of weeks he was taken daily to the vets for continuing treatment and medication.

And through a combination of this and the loving care he has been receiving from Gill, Bentley is well on the mend.

Gill bought Bentley a lovely new, comfy bed but he actually chooses to snuggle down in one of the smaller cat beds instead. He lay there quietly for the first couple weeks.

He was very wary of people to begin with although he quickly came to trust Gill, following her around constantly looking for reassurance.

Bentley snuggled up in the cat bed that he has commandeered at Gill’s home

After some initial complications his wounds have now all healed nicely and he is showing signs of coming out of himself.

Bentley is such a happy boy who loves going in the car even though it is to take him to the vets. He will now go from strength to strength.

His legs are short and his feet are somewhat splayed, which the vet puts down to periods of prolonged malnutrition.

He is such a patient boy and is doing really well. He is continuing his regular vet visits but the vet is confident that he will be given the all clear very soon.

Bentley loves his trips out and is great company

We are now going through the process of readying him for a trip to the UK and hopefully to a new loving forever home of his own.

He will clearly make a really loyal companion for somone and despite his bad experience he still likes other dogs.

We estimate Bentley’s age to be around three and despite his short legs he adores his regular walks on the lead with Gill.

The rewards awaiting the person with a big enough heart to take in Bentley will be enormous. He will repay that kindness and love a thousand times over.

An exhausted Bentley on the back seat of Gill’s car after his rescue from a freezing hell

So if you feel you could be that special someone who can give Bentley the loving care he needs then please check out what’s involved in taking on one of our rescue dogs then please click this link to read our Dog Adoption Policy guidelines

A home check is always made and while there is no adoption fee required, we do ask for a donation with all our dogs to help towards our costs.

If you want to register your interest in Bentley or are interested in providing a loving home for one of our rescue dogs in general then please complete and submit our Dog Adoption Registration form.