WHEN Freya the Siberian husky was first spotted by Tewkesbury animal lover Vickie Pullin, she thought she was a sight for sore eyes.
Emaciated and living in squalor, Vickie said Freya was covered in sores from being made to sleep on a rock hard floor.
She was also suffering the effects of being forced to produce a new batch of pups every year by her owners, who then sold her babies.
Vickie, who runs husky ride company Arctic Quest at Croft Farm in Bredon's Hardwicke, tried unsuccessfully to get the RSPCA involved, so instead tried to buy Freya.
She followed her plight over the next two years until, this month, she received a tip-off the unloved pooch had just moved owners and delivered another litter.
She raced up the M6 to Manchester to persuade the new owners to surrender her, but was only able to come away with one of Freya's new pups – Levi.
But now at long last, after keeping up the pressure on the owners, Vickie has managed to bring her quarry home and she is now settling in with the other huskies at Arctic Quest.
Vickie said: "Considering what she has been through, Freya is a loving and lively girl. I am amazed at her ability to forgive what humans have done and her willingness to trust us.
"There is a lucrative trade for 'backyard breeders' in husky puppies.
"With pups selling for £600, it's sadly not surprising some breeders are only interested in making money and spend little on dogs' welfare."
Freya, who is now four years old, will now stay with Arctic Quest and their eight other dogs where it is hoped she will make a full recovery.
Vickie added: "Huskies love going out to work and are bred to run 40–60 miles a day.
"They do not make great pets, which is another problem with backyard breeders, who generally sell their pups to anyone regardless of whether they are in a position to provide the right home for a husky.
"We are hopeful Freya will make a full recovery and she can live out her life without having to have puppies again."