A Yorkshire terrier will get her 15 minutes of fame as the story of her rescue is to be broadcast on television.
Pippa, previously called Tiny, was found in a house in Oxfordshire by the RSPCA with lumps of fur missing because of an untreated skin condition.
Now having found her forever home with a couple in Abingdon, the small Yorkshire terrier’s rags to riches story is due to be broadcast on Channel 5’s Dog Rescuers.
Pippa was signed over to the animal charity by her previous owner who realised he could no longer care for her due to personal problems. Inspector Lauren Bailey, who visited the property, took her to a vet for treatment.
As well as her skin, the vet found mammary lumps that were eventually given the all clear from cancer.
She was also suffering from sore paws due to badly overgrown nails.
Insp Bailey said: “She was put on a treatment of antibiotics and medicated baths to soothe her condition. By the time I next saw her she was a completely different dog.”
Pippa was in foster care while being treated but it wasn’t long before she found her forever home with Paul and Lorraine Waknell in Abingdon.
The couple adopted Pippa in February this year.
Mrs Waknell said: “She’s much more playful now. She didn’t know how to play before as I don’t think anyone ever played with her before.
“She can be quite defensive which is understandable considering all she has been through but it’s good that she’s starting to calm down now.”