Save Dexter’s Leg

I want to start out by telling you a little bit about Dexter.

10 weeks ago, we rescued this beautiful boy. For the first 5 years of his life he lived with a family in London. This family then decided they were moving to Ireland and didn’t want to take him with them, so they took him to a vet to be euthanised. Dexter (a perfectly healthy beagle), was saved, he was then in and out of foster homes for another year.. Until one day I came across a post on Facebook with a picture of this gorgeous boy, saying he needed a home. We brought him into our family the very next day, and since that day we’ve done nothing but smother him with love, he eats off our cutlery and sleeps in our bed. We feel so lucky to have him and we couldn’t imagine life without him. We call him our second born, because he really islike a baby to us. He is the sweetest, gentlest little soul I have ever met in my life.

On Tuesday 30th June 2020, Dexter had an accident at home. He got his leg trapped in a door, which resulted in his paw literally hanging off under the skin. He stayed overnight at a vets, where he was kept comfortable, bandaged up and on pain relief. The next day, we took him from there to PDSA in Leeds. They took an x-ray of his foot, which showed us that he had fractured his leg in several places as well as completely dislocating the lower part of his leg. They told us this was not a surgery they could perform, and would need to be done by a specialist. They referred to it as a ‘spectacular break.’

PDSA then gave us 2 options: go to a specialist, or have him put to sleep. To which I obviously said I will absolutely not have him put to sleep. I am going to save my dogand his leg no matter what it takes.

PDSA then referred us to Frank Specialist Surgery in Leeds, who told us it was going to cost an absolutely staggering £4,500. I didn’t qualify for their payment plan, and there was no way I could afford to pay that kind of money. They gave me 3 options: come up with £4,500, have the leg amputated, or have him put to sleep.
When they said that I completely broke down (again.. I haven’t stopped crying in the last 24 hours).. how can I even think about putting my baby to sleep? It’s not an option

From there, we went to another local vet who said they can not perform the surgery there either - and to ring round as many vets as I could to see if anyone would be able to perform the surgery at a more affordable price.. and if not, they would amputate the leg at a cost of £300-£500. He is currently at home, bandaged up and on even more pain relief until we figureout what we are going to do.

I have just come across Animal Trust in Dewsbury, and according to their website the surgery can be done for £1,500.

We know he can still live a happy life with 3 legs, but we want to do absolutely everything we can to fix his leg before that becomes Dexter’s only option.

We are going to do everything in our power to be able to get this surgery done for him, but we can’t do it on our own. If you could donate absolutely anything to help save Dexter’s leg from being amputated it would mean the world to us and more.

 Thank you so much for reading x


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Kim Harkin 
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