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Dog who never left dead owner's side is rescued Dog who never left dead owner's side is rescued
(about 7 hours later)
Poppy was discovered "dehydrated and malnourished"Poppy was discovered "dehydrated and malnourished"
A faithful dog who lay next to her owner's undiscovered body for a week has been rescued.A faithful dog who lay next to her owner's undiscovered body for a week has been rescued.
Yolanda Callaghan, 76, died at her home in Swansea in March.Yolanda Callaghan, 76, died at her home in Swansea in March.
She was only discovered when her neighbour Christie Powell went to check on her after she had not been seen for a while.She was only discovered when her neighbour Christie Powell went to check on her after she had not been seen for a while.
And when she peered through the letterbox she saw Ms Callaghan along with eight-year-old toy poodle Poppy cuddling into her.And when she peered through the letterbox she saw Ms Callaghan along with eight-year-old toy poodle Poppy cuddling into her.
"The first thing I noticed was a load of unopened mail, which was not a great sign, and then I spotted Yolanda lying on the floor," said Ms Powell."The first thing I noticed was a load of unopened mail, which was not a great sign, and then I spotted Yolanda lying on the floor," said Ms Powell.
Six-legged dog has operation to remove extra limbsSix-legged dog has operation to remove extra limbs
I wanted to die after I put my cat down by mistakeI wanted to die after I put my cat down by mistake
"Poppy was actually on top of her, sitting there and looking at us.""Poppy was actually on top of her, sitting there and looking at us."
Poppy was found in a "dehydrated and malnourished" state with "gunk that was rock solid" around her eyes.Poppy was found in a "dehydrated and malnourished" state with "gunk that was rock solid" around her eyes.
Ms Powell's sister Kate Difrancesco had gone with her to Ms Callaghan's house to check on her welfare, and Poppy was eager to make an impression.Ms Powell's sister Kate Difrancesco had gone with her to Ms Callaghan's house to check on her welfare, and Poppy was eager to make an impression.
"The paramedics got there quickly and broke down the door," said Ms Powell."The paramedics got there quickly and broke down the door," said Ms Powell.
"Poppy had never met my sister before and she actually clung to her.""Poppy had never met my sister before and she actually clung to her."
Poppy also had to have her right eye removedPoppy also had to have her right eye removed
After bringing the dog home Ms Powell set about cleaning her up after her long ordeal.After bringing the dog home Ms Powell set about cleaning her up after her long ordeal.
"We gave her a little bit of food, being careful not to overfeed her," she said."We gave her a little bit of food, being careful not to overfeed her," she said.
"And as I got her in the bath she started drinking the bath water.""And as I got her in the bath she started drinking the bath water."
As well as being malnourished and dehydrated, vets subsequently diagnosed Poppy with a perforated ulcer in her right eye.As well as being malnourished and dehydrated, vets subsequently diagnosed Poppy with a perforated ulcer in her right eye.
Ms Powell started a fundraiser to cover her treatment and was able to raise more than £4,000.Ms Powell started a fundraiser to cover her treatment and was able to raise more than £4,000.
"She had an operation to remove her right eye and now she's one-eyed Poppy - actually, we just call her Popeye," she said."She had an operation to remove her right eye and now she's one-eyed Poppy - actually, we just call her Popeye," she said.
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