Rescue dog Bella can’t run or play like other puppies because of her badly deformed, painful front paws.
Animal lover Nicola Tyldseley, who has taken in the nine-month-old Staffordshire cross, has launched Bella’s New Feet Fund and hopes to raise enough to pay for surgery to correct the problem and leave the dog pain-free.
Already offers of help and donations are coming in.
Mrs Tyldseley, of Church Street, Cottingham, said: “Bella was dumped and was taken in by Animals in Need in Little Irchester where my 14-year-old son William and I volunteer. She had obviously been through some rough treatment, was covered in fleas, and absolutely terrified of people.
“She has badly deformed front feet, and because of the pain they cause she cannot run and play like a normal puppy. She is on painkillers from the vet, but they cannot give her a dose strong enough to make her completely pain-free, and she cannot stay on them long-term.”
Mrs Tyldseley took Bella home to give her some extra love and attention and the family, which has three dogs, eight cats, two ferrets, a guinea pig, a disabled goose, two chickens and nine ducks, have decided to keep her.
The mum-of-four said: “I have emailed more than 50 vets and it will cost about £4,000 to make Bella pain-free and able to run. People have been very kind and in just 24 hours I’ve received £340 in donations and friends have offered to hold cake sales and raffles to raise money. Any extra money I raise will go to Animals in Need.”
To make a donation and for more details on the puppy’s progress visit Bella’s New Feet Fund on Facebook.
To see more pictures of Bella click here.