Staffie shot through the head with a crossbow wins top animal bravery awardA Staffordshire bull terrier who survived being shot through the head with a crossbow has won a prestigious award. PDSA Pet Survivor of the Year 2015 Ziggy was given a one-in-a-million chance of surviving after being found with a 20-inch crossbow bolt through his head at woodland in Wansford, near Peterborough, last year. Horrific pictures show the life-threatening injuries he - and his fellow finalists in the animal charitys competition - suffered and how they beat the odds to recover. Ziggy, 3, was disco
vered wandering alone in the park by dog walkers and taken to a vet. Cees Bennett, of Vets4Pets in Peterborough, sa
id: X-rays revealed that the bolt had deflected off the exterior of his skull, miraculously missing all vital blood ve
ssels, nerves, his eye and his ear canal - it was a one-in-a-million ch排列三245期胆码预测高手专家 ance that he survived. Ziggys recovery was nothing short of astonishing. Top dog: Staffordshire bull terrier Ziggy survived being shot through the head with a crossbow (Image: PA) Recovered: Resilient pet p
ulled through after h
ard work by vet (Image: PA) Back on his feet: Ziggy exploring countryside after the arrow was removed (Image: PDSA) Within two weeks of having the surgery it was hard to tell that anything had even happened to him. Ziggy has now been named the charitys champion for his dogged determination and resilience. His new owner, Dominic OHare, from Watford, said: Ziggy is such an incredible dog - despite everything hes been through, hes still incredibly trusting and affectionate. Read more:Britains top slimming pet crowned: Meet Kayla the bullmastiff and the other finalists Sinister: X-Ray of Honey the cat showed she had been shot (Image: Mercury) Surgery: The cat had to have eight operations (Image: Mercury) Other amazing animals recognised at the awards included Honey the cat , from Essex, who was cruelly shot in the head with a ball bearing that destroyed an eye, shat
tered the socket and broke her jaw. She had to undergo eight operations and suffered recurring infections for her injuries, but pulled through and was coaxed back into eating solid food with warm pilchards.
Read more:Cat Aids epidemic fears as animal charity says almost a million British pets are at risk Attack: Ozzy was snatched from his garden wall by a dog (Image: Mercury) Amputated: Ozzy lost a leg after the attack that
almost killed him (Image: Mercury) Another brave moggy Ozzy, from St Helens, in Merseyside, was attacked by a ferocious dog and dragged away from his home. His owner found him crawling back with deep gashes on his body and dragging his leg that was so badly broken that it had to be amputated. Read mor
e:Labradoodles set to join Kennel Club if crossbreeds are finally recognised after 140 years Left for dead: Penny was hit at 50mph by a lorry (Image: Mercury) Leash of life: Happy dog was reunited with owner and had vital op (Image: Mercury) Another finalist was Penny the pointer, from Yorkshire, who miraculously survived being hit by a lorry travelling at 50mph on a motorway and then being left for dead. Her collar had been ripped off by the impact of the crash so the owner could not be immediately traced and vets had to operate straight away on her shattered shoulder before inserting a metal rod. Read more:Cat who broke front legs in 40ft horror fall back on his feet within 24 hours Burns: Vets werent even sure they could save Ruby after looking at inj
uries (Image: Mercury) Horrific: Kitten needed weeks of treatment and now fur is growing back (Image: Mercury) Vets debated putting Ruby to sleep when the Portsmouth kitten was found with horrific chemical burns covering 50 per cent of her body. She was fighting for her life for weeks while having her wounds cleaned and cream applied, but she astounded animals experts by not only recovering but starting to regrow fur. Read more:Whippet dodges death after wolfing down ecstasy tablets while out walking Wound: Suki suffered prolapsed intestines after a dog attack (Image: Mercury) Tooth: The attack was so violent one of the other dogs teeth was found lodged in its abdomen (Image: Mercury) And then there was miniature schnauzer Suki, from Sunderland, who suffered an attack so vi
cious that vets found the other canines tooth lodged in its abdomen. Other injuries included prolapsed intestines, a broken jaw, ruptured spleen and bruised lungs. A PDSA spokesman said: The loveable Staffordshire bull terrier won the hearts of both the judges and public after he miraculously survived being shot through the head with a crossbow. Incredibly, he went on to make a full recovery and then found a loving forever home. PDSA Pet Survivor 2015View gallery The PDSA Pet Survivor Awards recognise the most incredible stories of survival against all t
he odds each year. We a
sked to hear your most amazing stories of pets who had beaten death by a whisker and pulled through thanks to the skill of vet teams, the love of their owners, and, of course, their own remarkable survival spirit. We were inundated wit
h extraordinary tales of pets who had dodged disaster. These awards come shortly after a Mirror appeal found a home for Britains loneliest dog .