PET owner Sally Anderson has made a desperate plea for help to raise £5,000 for an operation to help her paralysed dog walk again.
The Airedale grandma said she was “devastated” after her five-year-old King Charles spaniel Bailey – who is featured in the Argos catalogue modelling puppy mats – suffered a slipped disc nearly two weeks ago, which caused paralysis in his back legs.
Mrs Anderson, 44, of Carlyle Crescent, said: “I haven‘t been able to stop crying since we realised Bailey may never be able to walk properly again.
“The vets have told us if he has a relapse they will need to operate within 48 hours or it could be fatal. We are devastated and what upsets us the most is that we have no idea what’s caused it.
“He just started limping and then the next morning he was howling in pain and couldn’t move his back legs. We took him straight to the vets and they told us it was a slipped disc.
“He was such a happy dog and is so popular with everyone. As a puppy he was used to model puppy mats for the Argos catalogue and they are still using his picture.
“We don’t know how we would cope without him. We want to try our very best to pay for this operation, which has to be done at a specialist spinal unit in Brighouse and will cost around £5,000.”
Keith Leonard, senior veterinary surgeon at Chantry Vets in Wakefield, who diagnosed Bailey, said: “He is a lovely dog and he really will benefit from this surgery. It may seem like a lot of money but if this sort of surgery was to be done on a human patient, it would cost more than £50,000. Without this surgery it greatly reduces his chance of recovery.”
Mrs Anderson has organised a sponsored dog walk around Pontefract Park on Wednesday April 18 at 1pm and sponsorship forms are available from the New Airedale pub on Holywell Lane, Arrow Cars, on Church Street, Castleford and Acme Fisheries, Albion Street, Castleford.