Saturday, August 14, 2010

The miracle recovery of a dog which used to walk like a SPIDER!

These striking pictures tell the story of a remarkable surgical procedure which has transformed the life of little Belle the greyhound cross.

Now a playful picture of health, before her operation she was afflicted with cruelly deformed legs which made her walk like a spider.

The gorgeous seven-month-old greyhound cross was born bow-legged and has been in constant pain while campaigners raised money to pay for the operations that would straighten her front legs.

Heartbreaking images of Belle before her expensive corrective surgery show her front limbs splaying out to the side but after two bouts of surgery she now looks like any normal pup and is searching for a new home.

Manager and founder of the Mayflower Sanctuary in Doncaster, Jennie Foxall-Lord, started fund raising three months ago on Facebook with dozens of caring dog-lovers helping to raise the £3,000 required.

She said: 'When she walked before it was like a little spider. Now she's so much more positive and happy, she plays with the other dogs, before she would only lay down by herself. She is a lovely natured dog and hopefully we can find her a loving home. Belle is an absolute delight, what a treasure.'

Irregular bone growth caused Belle's legs to bow but if the problem had been diagnosed earlier the painful operations - which involved breaking her legs, pinning them and adding growth plates so they healed straight - could have been avoided.

'She didn't have a life before these operations, she really didn't have a future,' said Jennie. 'She wouldn't have been able to walk.

'Luckily the vet said there was a possibility of improvement. If they had said there wasn't any hope we may have had to put her to sleep.'

'But now things have completely turned around, what a happy dog she is. She is a big, happy puppy who hasn't been able to do all the puppy things yet.'

'She is so full of life and such a little fighter. If anyone was going to do it, it was Belle.' Belle had splints put in which were removed in May. The determined hound, who was left at the sanctuary by a member of the public, then took her first short walk last month and this month she was finally given the all clear.'

The pretty pooch, which is now looking for a new home, will require careful monitoring for the rest of her life, but thankfully won't need any more operations.

Jennie, whose sanctuary is housing around 40 dogs and a litter of pups at the  moment, said Belle's vet hadn't seen anything like it before and added that she  was no longer in any pain.

She said: 'We didn't even dare to think about a home for Belle until we knew how the operations would go'

'She is still a puppy, she will be very lively and needs somebody to watch her weight and give her plenty of exercise. Probably not a home with toddlers as she might knock them over.'

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