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It’s a happy ending for online sensation Elsa the dog left abandoned - PICTURES and VIDEO

By Richard Guttridge | Cradley Heath | News | Published:

A dog which battled back from the brink of death after being abandoned warmed the hearts of more than 400 people during a special 'meet and greet' event.

Elsa the French mastiff has become something of a star after her story went viral online.

The pooch was thought to be just hours from death when she was found at Corngreaves Nature Reserve in Cradley Heath but thankfully her tale had a happy ending and she is now well on the road to recovery.

The desperately thin dog was rescued and taken in by the Animal House Rescue Charity, which is run by volunteers in Sandwell, and given emergency treatment.

She is now living with a foster family in South Staffordshire, where it is hoped she could eventually have a permanent home.

Animal lovers were invited to come and meet Elsa, who is now looking much healthier and happier weeks on from her ordeal, at Your Vets in Smethwick, where she was cared for after being passed on by the rescue charity.

WATCH: It’s a happy ending for Elsa

There were scenes akin to a celebrity appearance as visitors queued at the door to catch a glimpse of the much-loved dog.

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She now weighs 34kg - double that of when she was found on death's door at the nature reserve.

Elsa, who is aged around three or four, was given her nickname because she was found ‘frozen’.

How Elsa originally looked

Charity volunteer Sue Hodges said: "We invited people to come down and meet her following the story which, through Facebook and the Express & Star, has gone worldwide.

"We had a lot of people who said they wished they could come and be with her so we decided to invite them in.

"She's doing absolutely fabulously. She wagged her tail the whole time until she fell asleep. She is beautiful, everyone has fallen in love with her.

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.

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