A young woman says she has been overwhelmed by support to raise funds to pay for an operation for her pet dog.
Mother-of-one Samantha Wright was left devastated after being told her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Roxy, needs a spinal operation.
The two-year-old is unable to walk after suffering a slipped vertebrae, but Samantha has been told it could cost up to £6,000 for the operation, money she doesn’t have.
And having set up a Facebook page in a last-ditch effort for help, she has been surprised by the response.
Hundreds of pounds have been pledged already, while one woman has said she wanted to take part in a skydive to boost the total.
“I was not hopeful at first about raising the money, but after all these people have offered their support I’m hoping we can do it,” said Samantha, who lives on Garibaldi Road, Forest Town.
“I have had lots of people and businesses coming forward, people have been brilliant.
“I was devastated when I was told she needed the operation because there’s no way I can find that kind of money.
“We’ve asked everywhere and been refused, we’ve spoken to vets colleges, vets and even the RSPCA.
“We had quite a few quotes which have been between £3,000 and £6,000.
“I feel guilty for not getting pet insurance, and that I’m partly to blame so I’m doing all I can.”
Samantha, who is a full-time mum to her three-year-old son, Tyler, while her partner works away, said Roxy had seemed fine when she was let out in the garden, but made a strange whimpering sound when she was let back in, before collapsing.
Samantha said she heard a cracking sound, and thought it may have been the dog’s ribs initially.
Taking Roxy straight to the vets, she was told without an MRI scan and then the operation, the much-loved pet may never walk again.
Samantha is now having to care for her dog 24 hours a day, although she is undergoing physio for her to regain feelings in her legs.
“The sooner she has surgery, the better chance she will have of recovery,” added Samantha.
“She is responding well to physio and if we can’t get the money for surgery we can look at getting her some wheels.
“I’m not prepared to have her put down.
“She is so close to me and my little boy so she’s more than just a dog to me.
Anyone wishing to help can or donate can log onto Facebook and search for ‘Roxy’s donation fund’.