VIDEO: Sick dog who captured the hearts of millions after being cruelly dumped in Peterborough is now full of life

An emaciated and neglected lurcher who captured the nation’s hearts after CCTV revealed the moment she was cruelly abandoned in Peterborough is coming on leaps and bounds in RSPCA care.

Millions of people watched the heartbreaking footage of the tan-coloured lurcher being tied to a fence with rope in Laburnum Grove on 9 February. Luckily, Ella was spotted by a resident and the RSPCA were immediately alerted.

When inspector Justin Stubbs arrived the freezing lurcher was curled up on the ground shivering. She’d suffered extensive fur loss and her sore pink skin was exposed leaving her very vulnerable to the cold weather.

The frightened, poorly dog - thought to be around four-years-old - was taken to a nearby vet before she was moved to an RSPCA centre.

“We’d like to thank everyone who shared our appeal for information or who got in touch to help with the investigation into Ella’s abandonment,” inspector Stubbs said.

“We are now following up on a number of leads and the investigation remains ongoing.

Ella when she was found

Ella when she was found

“Meanwhile, Ella is being cared for by staff at one of our animal centres where she is receiving ongoing treatment for a skin infection, so she is not yet available for rehoming.

“When she first arrived in our care she was very nervous and timid but is now coming out of her shell.

“She has bonded well with the staff and absolutely adores other dogs.”

The RSPCA has released video footage of Ella now, five weeks on, to show how well she is doing. The footage shows her running and playing with a member of staff and enjoying a walk in the RSPCA grounds.

Ella has now come on leaps and bounds

Ella has now come on leaps and bounds

Inspector Stubbs is still appealing for information in relation to the man seen in the CCTV footage abandoning lurcher before running away.

Anyone who can aid the investigation should call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.