POORLY pooch Molly has been given a hair of the dog, thanks to a kind-hearted animal charity.
The five-year-old springer cross had been suffering hair loss due to an underactive thyroid.
Taking her beloved pet to a local vet, owner Jean Fenny was left distraught after being told that a series of expensive tests would have to be carried out on Molly to determine the problem.
Fearing she would be unable to afford the costs, the pensioner, from Great Lumley, near Chester-le-Street, took the dog to the Wearside branch of the PDSA, which provides care for sick and injured animals.
Now, after being prescribed a course of drugs, Molly is on the road to recovery.
“When I initially took her to the vets, Molly was in a really bad way,” she said. “She was losing her hair and she looked terrible.
“I was told it would cost me £30 or £40 for tests, which was before any kind of treatment. It was going to be very expensive and it was money that I didn’t have.
“Thankfully, I found out about the PDSA and they were fantastic.
“They ran the tests, found out what was wrong, and started Molly on a course of drugs straight away.
“She’s now much better. I can’t believe the improvement in her, although she will have to take the medication for the rest of her life.”
Jean is now urging people across Wearside and East Durham to help raise thousands of pounds for the new PDSA PetAid hospital, in Sunderland, which is being supported by the Echo’s Creature Comforts campaign.
“They really are an amazing group,” she said. “I don’t know what I would have done without them. I might even have had to give Molly up.”
The much-needed £1.6million PDSA hospital, in North Hylton Road, Castletown, will replace the premises in King’s Road, Southwick, which can no longer accommodate the high demand for PDSA services, which receive no Government or Lottery funding.
The new facility will have the capacity to treat the ever-increasing number of pets desperately needing the charity’s help.