A paralysed dog who was dumped in at a tip and left to die now can’t stop smiling as he has finally found a loving family.
Benji, a Tibetan Terrier mix, was chucked out in Romania and was practically on death's door.
With a broken spine, the poor pooch was clinging on for dear life in a tip.
But thankfully he was found by a saviour and taken to the vets.
Benji was saved – but had to undergo a gruelling double amputation in order to have any quality of life.
The story has a happy ending though as Benji has now been taken in by a loving owner in the UK.
Owner Philippa Esson, 44, saw Benji’s story online and couldn’t wait to adopt him.
Benji, who now lives in London, can be seen smiling with his new family as he goes for walkies using a custom-made wheelchair.
The mum-of-three said: "Benji is such a happy boy and he's actually always smiling.
"He's so friendly and loves life on his wheels.
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"It's hard to believe that he was beaten almost to death and then dumped in a rubbish bin.
"He was left to die before he was rescued by a charity who ensured he was given a second chance at life."
Benji was rescued by Flori's Friends Rescue – a dedicated charity who specialise in rehoming abused and neglected animals in Britain and Europe.
Philippa, who rescued Benji 12 months ago, said: "My daughter, Isabelle, 17, was following Benji's recovery story online.
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"His injuries were so severe that he was paralysed from the waist down.
"The rescue charity tried to fundraise to save his life and we donated to help aid his recovery.
"Isabelle, as well as my two sons, Joseph, 15, and Noah, nine, had always wanted a dog and when Benji's adoption fell through last year, we knew we had to give him a home."
Despite having no back legs Philippa says that Benji is the happiest dog and is well known in their area.
She added: "Everyone knows him when he's out on his walk.
"Benji is like a little local celebrity and he loves the attention."
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