A RESCUE dog suffering crippling pain after his broken leg failed to heal properly has been given a new lease of life.
Albie the Italian greyhound has been adopted by one of the vets who helped treat him and is now set to live happily ever after.
The five-year-old had a fractured femur and was in severe pain when he was taken in by Italian Greyhound Rescue, a Cumbrian-based charity.
His fracture was repaired with pins and wires, but he refused to use the affected leg afterwards, forcing him to hop around on three legs instead.
A chance meeting between one of the charity’s trustees and orthopaedic veterinary surgeon Malcolm Ness at a breeders’ seminar revealed why.
Malcolm, co-owner of the Croft Veterinary Hospital in Cramlington with his wife Judith Joyce, agreed to take a look at Albie and found that the fracture had not actually healed.
Malcolm sorted that out, however, by inserting a synthetic bone graft and compression plate into Albie’s femur at the Northumberland Business Park West hospital.
While being treated, Albie was befriended by vet Carolyn Danbury, 27, and he will soon be going to live with her and husband Mark, 37, in Monkseaton.
Carolyn said: “When Albie came to the hospital with his fractured leg, Malcolm mentioned him to me as I have an interest in canine behaviour.
“He asked if I could spend some time with him. He was very shy and worried about being in hospital.”
Carolyn fell for Albie and immediately started to think about adopting him once he was better, and now, almost five months on, he has made a full recovery.
She said: “Pretty much as soon as I met him, I wondered whether it would be a possibility to take him home.”
Helen Lister, a carer for the charity, said: “Italian Greyhound Rescue will be forever grateful to Malcolm for giving all his time and expertise, along with that of his staff, to treat Albie free of charge.”