Devastated family's plea for £30k to cover vet bills after dog in freak accident

A family is pleading for help to raise £30,000 to cover the costs of reconstructive surgery on their pet dog.

Willow, a bearded collie, was left with dislocated paws and serious ligament damage after a freak accident.

The six-year-old dog fell 20ft from a roof and needs reconstructive surgery.

Owner James Oswald said:”We’ve been sensible and insured her since birth but unfortunately the emergency veterinary bills go far beyond the maximum claim on her insurance payout.

“It goes without saying we’re doing what we can financially to support her treatment but the truth is we’ve been told it could range from £10,000 to as high as £30,000.

“Nothing prepares you for the bills you face when something like this accident happens.”



Our sister title WalesOnline says Mr Oswald and his family were on holiday in Dinas, Pembrokeshire, when the accident happened.

Mr Oswald, from Stockton Heath, Cheshire, said Willow had somehow got on to the roof from a raised garden at the back of their holiday cottage and fell on to the road below.

He said: “Instantly it was clear that Willow was not in a good way and had seriously damaged both of her front legs and jaw. Shocked and devastated we picked her up and rushed her to the nearest vets.

“They diagnosed that she had dislocated both front paws and one had pierced her skin but they managed to put them back in place.

“There was however serious ligament damage in both legs and she would need to see a specialist in Bristol and we were to take her straight there.”

The holiday was put on hold as the family, including Mr Oswald’s wife Suzie and young son Noah, made the three-and-a-half hour trip to Highcroft Referrals in Bristol.

The specialist told them Willow needed emergency corrective surgery to implant new man-made tendons to replace the ruptured ones in both her leg and paw joints at a cost of £10,000.

Further surgery to rebuild the tendons might be needed if the tendons cannot be fixed and Willow’s ‘ankle’ joints need to be fused, which would cost £18,000 for both legs.



Willow and Mr Oswald's 10-year-old son Noah are 'inseparable'

Mr Oswald added: “She lost some teeth when she fell, but they think her jaw is OK but they will need to remove her remaining lower front teeth.

“We then have the additional rehabilitation and medication she will need for a substantial amount of time following any operation procedure they decide she needs. Unfortunately, it will take six-months plus for her to recover from, if she can recover at all.”

So far, more than £16,000 has been raised towards the cost of the veterinary treatment.

You can donate to the GoFundMe appeal here.

Any money left over from Willow’s treatment will be donated to Guide Dogs For The Blind and Bearded Collie Rescue.

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