3 September 2013

Ralph - A puppy's plea for help

A stray puppy with a serious heart condition needs donations to help fund an operation which could save his life.

The puppy, a 6 month old, brindle and white staffy cross stray dog, was found wandering in Stanmer Park by animal welfare officers from Brighton & Hove City Council.

The officers suspect he was abandoned because his heart condition is expensive to treat, and would make him unsuitable for breeding,

“He is such a sweet loving little chap but sadly he has a serious heart condition which compromises his quality of life and puts him at risk of heart failure if he becomes excited or overexerts himself,” said animal welfare officer Izzie Blanden.

“A cardiologist vet has scanned his heart and recommends surgery which should alleviate his problems and extend his life, but this would cost in the region of £3,000.

“We would love to give Ralph the happy ending he deserves and are appealing to dog loving residents who may be able to contribute towards the cost of the surgery.”

She added that the puppy, named Ralph, is currently being fostered through South Coast Staffie Rescue which has also launched an appeal to raise funds for the operation.

If you can help, visit www.southcoaststaffierescue.org.uk  and click on ‘Ralph – a special appeal.’