by Laura Hurt in Swinstead, England, United Kingdom

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5 year old rescue springer, Belle needs cruciate ligament surgery (TTA) to give her a chance of a comfortable life

by Laura Hurt in Swinstead, England, United Kingdom

5 year old springer spaniel held in a kill station in Cyprus dumped by a hunter.  It became apparent after her exit the reason why she was dumped.  Emaciated, obviously bred to death and issues with balance.  This girl has broken our hearts.  Whilst in foster in Cyprus being prepared to travel to the UK, she had a problem falling down and was uncoordinated.  Xrays diagnosed two vertebrae in her neck had been dislocated and healed in the wrong position - potentially from being beaten :(.  The Cypriot vets said this was not operable and it would be a permanent problem for her.  Harriet very kindly offered to foster her and get her a referral to a specialist vet for potentially an MRI to ascertain what we are dealing with and whether she is in permanent discomfort. 

She arrived in the UK and things were not quite as bad as we had envisaged.  Strengthening her leg and back muscles through gentle exercise built this girl up and allowed her to enjoy walks and eventually runs around the paddock at her foster home.  The sad, emaciated springer that could barely lift her head had started to enjoy the life she should have always known.  Such a happy girl, SOS decided to arrange long term foster for her under the guidance of her experienced fosterer, Harriet, so we could offer her a loving home but also keep an eye on her physically.

In the last few days we have learnt this poor girl now has another injury to deal with.  She requires cruciate ligament surgery in her back leg.  This will cost between £2,000-2,500 (with the vets requiring a deposit of £1,400 before ordering the TTA equipment).

Save Our Spaniels is a small charity and we would be extremely grateful for any support.  All we can do is ask for help and pray that Belle can be helped.

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