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Emergency fundraising appeal for dog rescued with "severe back deformity"

The RSPCA has launched an emergency fundraising appeal to help with the costs to care for a very special dog with a ‘severe back deformity’.

Eleven-month-old crossbreed Herbert arrived at Martlesham Animal Centre, in Suffolk, last week after being rescued by RSPCA officers. Now the team at Martlesham - run by the RSPCA Suffolk Central branch* - is trying to raise money for the expensive scans and tests he needs to begin the road to recovery.

Senior Kennel Assistant Emma Thresh said: “Herbert has a significant back deformity which is causing him significant discomfort and pain so we’re desperate to get him the very best veterinary care and help him on the road to recovery.

“Sadly, due to his deformed back, Herbert struggles to stand, lie down, walk, run and play. This is significantly impacting his quality of life. When he arrived he was incredibly malnourished with little muscle covering his body and a severe curve to his spine. We’ve given him much-needed pain relief and started gentle physio, and he’s already put on 3kg in the short time he’s been with us.

“We’re currently working carefully with him to build up his muscle and strength, and reduce the pain he’s suffering while we await specialist scans and tests to establish the best course of treatment going forwards. These tests will be expensive so we’re appealing to the public to help us with these costs.”

Anyone who wants to donate to Herbert’s treatment can do so via a special fundraiser called Help for Herbert. The team is hoping to raise an initial £1,500 to pay for a CT scan and advanced imaging so vets can diagnose the problem and come up with an appropriate treatment plan. Generous supporters have already donated more than £300.

Emma said: “Herbert is the sweetest soul who wants all the love and attention he can get. His cheeky personality is really starting to shine through.”

Emma continued: “We’ve seen an increase in animals needing specialist treatment for a wide range of health problems coming into our care and we’re taking more cases week by week.

“The cost of living crisis is hitting everyone hard and that includes pet owners so those with pets who may need expensive veterinary treatment for unexpected injuries or illnesses, or require medication and treatment to manage ongoing conditions are finding themselves in very difficult situations.

“Pets are a huge responsibility and they can be a big financial commitment. We’d urge pet owners to ensure they have insurance and keep up-to-date with routine veterinary check-ups and preventative treatments, such as flea and worming treatments, as this will be more affordable in the long-term.

“If you’re struggling to take care of your pet, please visit our Cost of Living Hub for advice about how to save money while also ensuring you take good care of your pet. And if you can’t keep your pet please ask a local charity for help.”


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