A national dog rescue charity based in Cramlington has stepped in to help a puppy born with front leg deformities.
Westie breeder June Eyre asked for assistance after discovering that Bunny has little or no leg on one side at the front and nothing firm inside the pad at the other side.
Bunny is developing well and she was six-weeks-old at the weekend. She is set to be cared for by Kevin Baker of Westie Rescue UK in six weeks’ time.
It is hoped that a permanent home will then be found for her in due course.
In the meantime, the charity has managed to get a couple of businesses on board to provide useful aids for her and Professor Noel Fitzpatrick – whose practice features on the Channel 4 series The Supervet – has been contacted.
In addition, an online link, which includes the Gift Aid option, has been set-up to help pay for Bunny’s medical costs that are likely to be around £10,000.
Kevin founded Westie Rescue UK with his partner Nikki in November 2016. It gained registered charity status in June last year and a network of fosters has been built up across the country.
He said: “The breeder has done the right thing in getting our charity to take her in, and what sort of charity would we be if we refused?
“A firm in Bournemouth has heard of Bunny and it is 3D printing her a wheeled cart so she can get around. Another firm has agreed to help with a prosthetic for Bunny where she is missing her front paw.
“I have spoken with Professor Noel Fitzpatrick’s practice and there will be little that can be done surgically for Bunny until she is a year old as her bones will still be growing.”
June, who lives in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, said Bunny has ‘come on leaps and bounds’ and she also praised the charity for its ‘fantastic support’.
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Westie Rescue UK recently collected a cheque for £1,510.43 from Support Adoption For Pets. This was for taking part in the Santa Paws appeal inside a local Pets at Home store.