A dog's fur was so matted he could barely see and struggled to walk when he was rescued.

Frankie the terrier cross was found abandoned in August last year and was in a terrible condition before being saved by the RSPCA.

Charity workers gave the pooch a haircut and groom, while also providing urgent medical care on various ailments in a bid to bring it back to health.

Miraculously, Frankie made a full recovery and was placed up for adoption and welcomed home by dog-lover Tracey Williamson, who said it was "love at first sight".

She added: “My heart melted when I saw his photo. He looked like our late dog and we completely fell in love with him.

"We submitted an application and kept our fingers crossed but weren’t holding out much hope as we knew how much interest there had been in rescue dogs during lockdown.”

Frankie now
Frankie was adopted after being found abandoned

Tracey said Frankie settled in really well in its new home and, although it is sometimes nervous, its confidence is growing with time.

She said: "When we first got him he was quite anxious on the lead and going out and about but now he absolutely loves his walks."

Frankie was found abandoned, along with another dog called Benny, in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, in August 2020.

Frankie loves going for walks with Tracey
Frankie loves going for walks with Tracey

The pair were rescued by the animal charity and transported to their Leeds and Wakefield branch for urgent care prior to their adoption.

Tracey said: “It’s such a huge transformation from the matted little dog who arrived at the RSPCA centre in such a state.

"It breaks our hearts to think how he was treated before and we hope, in time, that he’ll forget about his past.

Frankie
Tracey said Frankie settled in really well in its new home

“Now he gets very spoiled and loves a bit of pampering.

"He goes to the groomer regularly and really enjoys the fuss and attention he gets. He’s a little star when he has a haircut."

She added: “He’s such a lovely dog, he’s so affectionate and we couldn’t imagine our lives without him."

The family are still helping to build the little dog’s confidence and are working with a trainer to help with its reactivity around other dogs.

They have also started to introduce the dog to toys and teach Frankie how to play.

Tracey said: “I don’t think anyone has ever played with him before as he doesn’t really understand what toys are.

“But we’re going to try to introduce him to games and teach him how to have fun

“He’s brought us so much joy and love, especially during lockdown, so we’re determined to do the same for him.”