Axminster couple ‘s £9,000 vet’s bill nightmare

PUBLISHED: 08:19 19 June 2015 | UPDATED: 08:54 19 June 2015

Paralysed Boo is treated in the hydrotherapy pool

Paralysed Boo is treated in the hydrotherapy pool


Fundraising appeal launched to pay for paralysed dog’s specialist treatment

Paralysed Boo is fed by handParalysed Boo is fed by hand

The owners of a dog left paralysed in a devastating accident have launched a £9,000 appeal to pay for specialist treatment.

Bev and Thelma Clarke, of Lyme Road, Axminster, are selling their VW car to kickstart the fundraising but say they desperately need public support to reach their target – and save their much-loved pet.

Their ‘nightmare’ began when their six-year-old Saluki Cross, Boo - a rescue dog - fell badly and ruptured a disk which pierced his spinal cord.

He was paralysed within minutes and is currently undergoing specialist treatment at the Greyfriars Rehab centre, in Surrey.

Said Bev: “We had pet insurance, but that was only up to £3,000 and the total cost is expected to be £14,000.

“The treatment can take up to two years before he is absolutely back to normal health. If we can’t raise the money we will have to bring him home and just do what we can.”

Bev, 41, who works for Axminster Taxis, and her partner Thelma, 47, employed by Home Safeguard, say that after selling their Polo car they reckon they need to come up with another £9,000 to meet Boo’s recovery costs.

Bev continued: “Boo suffered a fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) which paralysed him within minutes.

“If a dog suffers this kind of injury, there is a good chance of recovery with immediate care from specialised rehabilitation centres such as Greyfriars, who offer acupuncture, hydrotherapy, laser treatment, heat treatment and physiotherapy plus 24-hour care from an extremely dedicated and caring team of highly qualified staff.”

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