Abandoned dogs suffer as the recession bites - Dec 16 2008
Perthshire's dog rescue charity, PADS, launched a Christmas appeal this week for cash to help sick and injured animals.
PADS, the Perthshire Abandoned Dogs Society, says family pets are in even more need than usual right now because of the current economic climate. It wants to boost its SPUD fund, which is set aside to help pay for expensive veterinary treatment for stricken dogs who come into the charity’s care.
The fund, named after a Jack Russell terrier called Spud, pays for operations and costly long term treatment for such dogs in the hope that they become well enough to be re-homed.
A charity spokesman explained: “We named the appeal after a wee Jack Russell who had been left near a riverside path. The little chap’s back legs were completely paralysed. He was very ill and he couldn’t move. Had it not been for a keen-eyed passer-by the dog would have died terrified and all alone.”
Carers at PADS rushed Spud to the vet and the wee dog underwent several operations before being able to get around with the help of a tiny wheeled trolley under his back legs.
Since then the SPUD fund has financed treatment for many dogs, including a lurcher who fell from a window and suffered terrible injuries which took many months to heal.