Dogs are often regarded as man’s best friend, but one poorly pooch has become the darling of a Mansfield community after raising £600 for an operation.
Rolo, an 11-year-old Alsation/collie cross breed, has been blind since he was seven, and owner Ian Paddon feared he may have to had have his beloved pal put down when he was told he needed to shell out the money for an operation to have one of his eyes removed.
But after hearing about his plight, a collection tin was set up by Jennie Baker at Morestore Discount on Ladybrook Place.
And in less than two weeks, enough was raised to save Rolo’s life, who successfully underwent his operation on Thursday.
Ian said: “I was told that his eye was infected, he must have caught it on something, and I was told that if he did not have the operation they would have to put him down.
“I knew I had to give him a chance, and was going to put on a credit card, but when I told them at the shop, they started the collection.
“I’m absolutely gobsmacked and over the moon, I can’t thank the people enough.
“I just didn’t expect it. Everybody has been so kind.
“Everybody around here knows him and he’s ever so friendly.”
Jennie, from Morestore, said: “Ian was overwhelmed, he has been so humbled by it all.
“He didn’t ask us to do this, and he just wants to thank everybody.
“It shows that these people will pull together on the Ladybrook estate.
“One woman came in and handed me a white envelope which contained £30, we’d never seen her before and she walked out, she didn’t want thanking at all.
“We expected to get maybe £200 or £300, but not the money we did. The reaction has just been unbelievable.
“Rolo’s a lovely dog and has been coming here a long time and we thought it would be nice to do it. We didn’t even tell Ian we were doing it.”