POORLY pooch Meg is galloping back to health – despite having a leg amputated.
Owner Michelle Johnson, 43, from Hetton, feared she would have to put down the 10-year-old labrador after she was diagnosed with a life-threatening tumour.
The pet was rushed the PDSA animal charity after her rear left leg became swollen on Christmas Day.
After undergoing series of x-rays to check the cancer hadn’t spread, Meg was operated on and despite her age, has beaten the odds to make a full recovery.
“We were all worried she wouldn’t come around because of her age,” said Ms Johnson. “The vet was even concerned that she wouldn’t make it through the operation.
“But she has made an excellent recovery.
“She’s pretty much back to her old self, bouncing around.
“She’s quickly adapted to losing the leg.”
Ms Johnson, a shop worker, said she would have struggled to pay for Meg’s treatment had the PDSA not stepped in to help.
“She wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for PDSA,” she said. “I don’t know what I would have done without them.
“They were absolutely brilliant. She’d had a tumour for a few years, but it was non-cancerous.
“We knew about it, but it wasn’t any danger to her.
“It was only recently that it became cancerous and she had to have it removed.
“I just wouldn’t have been able to afford the bill for her treatment if we’d had to go to a private vet.”
Ms Johnson is now urging people across Wearside and East Durham to help raise thousands of pounds for a waiting room at the new PDSA PetAid hospital, in Sunderland, which is being supported by the Echo’s Creature Comforts campaign.
“I can’t thank the PDSA enough and I would urge anyone to make a donation so they can continue their work,” she said. “They are an amazing organisation.”
l To make your donation, send cheques or postal orders to Creature Comforts Campaign, Sunderland Echo, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland SR4 9ER, or drop donations – cheques only – into reception staff at the city or Pennywell offices.
Donations can also be made at www.pdsa.org. uk/sunderlandappeal.html