AN ABUSED rescue dog who was described as 'untrainable' has won a prestigious award.

Vadim, a 10 year-old Siberian Husky, has been recognised for his contribution to Pet Blood Bank UK, marking his remarkable progress from puppy farm to prize winner.

Now a retired blood donor, Vadim has become the very first recipient of The Bramble Craddock Award and has made huge progress since being rescued age two.

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Owner Charlotte Kasner, a canine and feline trainer and behaviourist, said: "Vadim had a bad start in life, spending over three years chained in a yard. He came to me as a bag of bones, covered in a filthy coat.

"My vet suspected that his hip had been fractured from frequent kicking by his previous owner and the rescue organisation told me that he was untrainable.

"Vadim is by my side in almost everything that I do and I am immensely proud of him. He has achieved so much and I hope his story will inspire others not to give up on dogs who have been regarded as untrainable.

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"I knew he would make an excellent blood donor and even though we had a 40-mile round trip on public transport for every session, I am delighted that he was able to help other dogs. It’s such a worthwhile thing to do and Vadim loved going along to donate. I would encourage anyone with a suitable dog to register.”