Help save Millie’s life

20/2/13- Appeal to raise money for a CT scan for Millie, Bexhill. Millie with foster-carer Terry Woodley
20/2/13- Appeal to raise money for a CT scan for Millie, Bexhill. Millie with foster-carer Terry Woodley

BEXHILL’S animal lovers are being asked to dig deep to help a three month old Labrador puppy who needs lifesaving medical treatment.

Millie, a Red Fox Labrador, is no longer responding to antibiotics for lung problems and now needs a CT scan at a specialist veterinary hospital, which costs in the region of £1,000.

The local branch of the charity Labrador Rescue says the scan is essential if Millie is to survive and is urging people to donate to save the little dog’s life.

The charity’s area coordinator Julie Hammond said Millie was originally sold by a puppy trafficker to a couple and was suffering dehydration and severe breathing difficulties from the outset.

She was diagnosed with chronic pneumonia and was given a 40 per cent chance of survival.

The Bcouple who bought Millie could not afford the vet’s bills so called in the Labrador Rescue charity, which has been able to cover the cost of treatment up to a point, and relinquished their ownership of her.

Charity workers say Millie clung to life and with financial help from Labrador Rescue stayed in hospital for five days before getting strong enough to be moved to a loving and committed foster home in Bexhill for nursing and convalescence, where she still is.

Since then she has been treated at St Anne’s Veterinary Practice in Gorringe Valley Road, Lower Willingdon, but is still very poorly and no longer responding to antibiotics.

Julie said, “It hasn’t been a smooth ride for Millie and her health has been taking peaks and troughs for the last five weeks.

“The next step is a scan and the cost of treatment will run into thousands so we are asking for help from members of the public to help save Millie’s life.

“She is an absolutely beautiful dog, a little bundle of mischief with a fantastic temperament and a huge personality.

“She deserves a chance to begin a life of fun and excitement as most puppies of her age do.”

Donations can be made at St Anne’s Veterinary Practice, Gorringe Valley Road, Lower Willingdon or direct to Labrador Rescue.

Julie said, “If people feel they could help, even in a very small way, donations are being accepted by me, the coordinator of Labrador Rescue South East at 62 Cranston Avenue, Bexhill On Sea, TN39 3NN, in the form of cheques payable to LRSEC or as cash donations at the vets in Lower Willingdon.

“She really is a lovely dog and we just want to see her get the best chance possible and for her to get better,” said Julie.