There has been an “amazing” response to a campaign to fund a life-transforming operation for a hirpling young pup.
An appeal to raise the money for vital hip replacement surgery for seven-month old Tye prompted an immediate reaction after it was published in The Courier, with almost £3,000 donated within three days.
Campaigners for the young Labrador/Staffordshire cross are elated as it means they are around halfway to meeting the £6,000-£8,000 cost of the operation.
Without surgery Tye, who is in the care of the charity Angus Dog Rescue, would face a life of severe pain and potentially crippling arthritis because of difficulties with his hind legs.
But his “waddling” days could soon be behind him if his plight continues to be met with the generosity of the public.
Ian Robb, chairman of Angus Dog Rescue, said: “In the first three days, we have had £2,950. That’s magic.”
He said it had been an emotional weekend, hearing the individual stories of some of those who have made a contribution to Tye’s welfare, as well as seeing big cheques being written for the benefit of a little pup in need.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone.
“It’s great to see that people in our community still care.
“It’s not usually a great time financially for people at this time of year, but there has been an amazing response.
“We have other fundraising events planned within the charity, with about six weeks to go until Tye will be old enough to have his first operation.”
Tye is a sprightly young dog but suffers from hip dysplasia in both back legs which significantly restricts his movement.
The charity, based near Arbroath, has taken expert advice on the best way forward for the brindle cross and believes a complex and expensive double hip replacement operation is the best way forward.
Angus Dog Rescue can be contacted via its Facebook page, or by contacting Mr Robb on 01241 238108.