Appeal to help Bella: Dachshund needs £3,500 to walk again

Appeal – Justine Thorne with Bella

Appeal – Justine Thorne with Bella

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CAMPAIGNERS hope to raise £3,500 to help a dog to walk again.

Southend RSPCA and Earl’s Hall Veterinary Hospital are trying to raise the money to cover the costs of an operation and rehabilitation for five-year-old dachshund, Bella, who has lost the feeling in her back legs and is unable to walk.

Bella has already had the operation, at the Animal Health Trust Hospital, in Newmarket, Suffolk, and she already appears to have some feeling returning to her legs, but vets say but she still has a long way to go.

Bonita Bodie, animal co-ordinator for the Southend RSPCA, said: “We got her on Saturday. Her owners weren’t able to pay for her treatment.

She had no feeling in her legs and so her back legs had collapsed.

Earl’s Hall surgery did tests and found she had a slipped disc, so she was referred to hospital. She had an MRI scan, which shows a disc impacted in her spine. The operation was a success and she has some feeling in her legs, but it’s just a first step.”

Despite her condition, Bella’s happy disposition has won the hearts of all who have cared for her.

Ms Bodie added: “She is so placid and lovely. She had only ever been let out in a garden, so everything is exciting for her.”

The surgery has launched an appeal via the Facebook website and with the £700 raised at an RSPCA fundraising event by local children, the appeal is well on its way.

Ms Bodie said: “The response has been amazing. We still need another £1,500, just for the basic cost of her treatment and there will be further costs with rehabilitation.”

Justine Thorne from Earl’s Hall said: “She’s so lovely. We had just had to do something to help.

“We have set up a Justgiving page and the response has been amazing.”

To donate, visit justgiving.com/Justine-Thorne

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3:20pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

There far more important things to do with such an amount of money. The dog should be put down if it's in pain. Simple.
There far more important things to do with such an amount of money. The dog should be put down if it's in pain. Simple. Jack222
  • Score: 1

3:31pm Tue 4 Mar 14

bazza 1 says...

When are people going to stop buying and breeding these poor dogs. They have been bred into an elongated sausage with inherent back problems, especially as they get older or are overweight. So many of these poor creatures suffer from paralysis it should become an offence to even breed them. Only yesterday I saw a woman with two Dachshund's , and even though they looked neither old or overweight, they were both struggling to walk alongside the owner. Sad.
When are people going to stop buying and breeding these poor dogs. They have been bred into an elongated sausage with inherent back problems, especially as they get older or are overweight. So many of these poor creatures suffer from paralysis it should become an offence to even breed them. Only yesterday I saw a woman with two Dachshund's , and even though they looked neither old or overweight, they were both struggling to walk alongside the owner. Sad. bazza 1
  • Score: 9

3:40pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Jack222 wrote:
There far more important things to do with such an amount of money. The dog should be put down if it's in pain. Simple.
you're all heart.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: There far more important things to do with such an amount of money. The dog should be put down if it's in pain. Simple.[/p][/quote]you're all heart. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

3:41pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

How about checking out with ASDA if they can go on their charity token scheme?
How about checking out with ASDA if they can go on their charity token scheme? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

3:42pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Subs... check that headline.. again.
Subs... check that headline.. again. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

4:10pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Dan-Hockley says...

Bullet in the head is much cheaper
Bullet in the head is much cheaper Dan-Hockley
  • Score: -3

4:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

surely the R$PCA can stump up the cash(must be a drop in the ocean) after all they did take on the dog because the foolish owners didn't take a pet plan out..maybe they(owners) could have taken a lone out to pay instead of dumping it on someone else, insurance should be compulsory like car insurance,..what about the vet$, if they are pa$$ionate enough about it they could club together with the mighty RSPCA, but if people want to give let them give.
surely the R$PCA can stump up the cash(must be a drop in the ocean) after all they did take on the dog because the foolish owners didn't take a pet plan out..maybe they(owners) could have taken a lone out to pay instead of dumping it on someone else, insurance should be compulsory like car insurance,..what about the vet$, if they are pa$$ionate enough about it they could club together with the mighty RSPCA, but if people want to give let them give. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

4:39pm Tue 4 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Lunacy, needs putting down
Lunacy, needs putting down carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -1

5:26pm Tue 4 Mar 14

tinyone says...

I hope all you lot who are saying 'put it down' etc suffer with a slipped disc which causes problems later in life and the doctors just put you down, rather than helping you!

There is no need to put an otherwise healthy animal to sleep if there are ways and means to be able to give it a prolonged, healthy, non painful life.
I hope all you lot who are saying 'put it down' etc suffer with a slipped disc which causes problems later in life and the doctors just put you down, rather than helping you! There is no need to put an otherwise healthy animal to sleep if there are ways and means to be able to give it a prolonged, healthy, non painful life. tinyone
  • Score: 4

5:50pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Dan-Hockley says...

tinyone wrote:
I hope all you lot who are saying 'put it down' etc suffer with a slipped disc which causes problems later in life and the doctors just put you down, rather than helping you!

There is no need to put an otherwise healthy animal to sleep if there are ways and means to be able to give it a prolonged, healthy, non painful life.
If this animal was in the wild and couldn't hunt for it's food it would die. The fact that it has been domesticated doesn't mean that basic laws of nature shouldn't apply ... and I feel the same way about humans (myself included) and yes I do have "sick" relatives who are only being kept alive because of medicine and they agree that if they were an animal, the humane thing would be to put them down.

What disgusts me about this situation is that the owners were utterly irresponsible by not taking insurance out - someone else on this post made the excellent point that insurance should be compulsory.

Add to that the astonishingly high fees being quoted then this story becomes even more ludicrous.

I could go on, but I think you gather the point
[quote][p][bold]tinyone[/bold] wrote: I hope all you lot who are saying 'put it down' etc suffer with a slipped disc which causes problems later in life and the doctors just put you down, rather than helping you! There is no need to put an otherwise healthy animal to sleep if there are ways and means to be able to give it a prolonged, healthy, non painful life.[/p][/quote]If this animal was in the wild and couldn't hunt for it's food it would die. The fact that it has been domesticated doesn't mean that basic laws of nature shouldn't apply ... and I feel the same way about humans (myself included) and yes I do have "sick" relatives who are only being kept alive because of medicine and they agree that if they were an animal, the humane thing would be to put them down. What disgusts me about this situation is that the owners were utterly irresponsible by not taking insurance out - someone else on this post made the excellent point that insurance should be compulsory. Add to that the astonishingly high fees being quoted then this story becomes even more ludicrous. I could go on, but I think you gather the point Dan-Hockley
  • Score: 2

8:45pm Tue 4 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

tinyone wrote:
I hope all you lot who are saying 'put it down' etc suffer with a slipped disc which causes problems later in life and the doctors just put you down, rather than helping you!

There is no need to put an otherwise healthy animal to sleep if there are ways and means to be able to give it a prolonged, healthy, non painful life.
think you need to find out and understand the differance between Human and animal.
lots of animals/pets get put to sleep for some reason or another.
[quote][p][bold]tinyone[/bold] wrote: I hope all you lot who are saying 'put it down' etc suffer with a slipped disc which causes problems later in life and the doctors just put you down, rather than helping you! There is no need to put an otherwise healthy animal to sleep if there are ways and means to be able to give it a prolonged, healthy, non painful life.[/p][/quote]think you need to find out and understand the differance between Human and animal. lots of animals/pets get put to sleep for some reason or another. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

11:51pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Southchurch75 says...

If the vets are so concerned, then surely they can offer their services for free? It does seem to be an awful lot of money and the vets could do this work in their own time as most of the cost must surely relate to their labour. As for setting up a just giving page....well, there are far more deserving causes for initiatives such as this and the associated tax reclaims which ultimately means that we are all paying for it! We really do need to sort out our priorities. Rehabilitate a dog or provide food banks.....you choose!!!
If the vets are so concerned, then surely they can offer their services for free? It does seem to be an awful lot of money and the vets could do this work in their own time as most of the cost must surely relate to their labour. As for setting up a just giving page....well, there are far more deserving causes for initiatives such as this and the associated tax reclaims which ultimately means that we are all paying for it! We really do need to sort out our priorities. Rehabilitate a dog or provide food banks.....you choose!!! Southchurch75
  • Score: 1

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