The desperate struggle of Grace the Staffie who was handed into a Kensal Green animal home after being found on a doorstep starving to death has been brought to an end.

Despite help from her supporters and celebrity friends including Louis Theroux, Grace-a white Staffordshie Bull Terrier- had to be put down after collapsing at the weekend, she had lost weight and was very weak and distressed.

Grace was handed into the rescue centre called The Mayhew Animal Home in Trenmar Gardens, Kensal Green in September, emaciated with protruding ribs and a swollen belly like a famine victim, she was also blind in one eye.

Grace’s story had spread across the world and invoked outpourings of love and gifts from her followers as far away as Canada. 

Chief Executive at the Mayhew, Caroline Yates said: “It was an agonising decision for everyone at The Mayhew as we had all fallen in love with our Amazing Grace over the last two months.

“It is one of the worst animal cruelty cases I have ever seen. I have never seen such severe starvation and malnutrition in a dog in the UK before. At least in her final months she was loved, cherished, warm and comfortable. Grace is now at peace; no more pain, no more sadness, no more suffering. She will remain in our hearts forever."

Grace with Louie Theroux
 

Despite her pain and suffering she greeted everyone with a wagging tail, even to the end she loved playing with tennis balls and listening to the radio in the hospital ward for audio stimulation.

As the Staffie was not microchipped it’s not known who owned her, Caroline added: “Sadly, Grace will not be the last dog in need of our help and we will continue to respond with the best care and comfort we can to help animals who are subject to cruelty and neglect.

"Your donations of money and gifts made her time with us so much better and we cannot thank you enough. If you would like to help other animals like Grace, please consider making a donation in her memory: www.themayhew.org/amazing-grace"