A DOG owner is grappling with a £6,500 bill to nurse her dog back to health after she fell 30 foot off a railway bridge last year.
Joanne Lawrence was horrified when her boxer collie, Kahn, fell of a railway bridge in July 2010 between Newton and Brownsover. The ordeal was made worse when Joanne’s father collapsed while he was trying to help the dog. Her father recovered, but among two-and-a-half year old Kahn’s many injuries was a broken back leg, a major haematoma, torn ligaments and fractures on her pelvis and both front legs. Joanne is still paying the money back to the vets who helped save her dog’s life.
The ordeal began while Joanne, her father and her two children were out on a family walk.
“I was horrified to see Kahn fall – I was certain she wouldn’t survive. Then Almost straight away my daughter started screaming because my father had collapsed,” she explained.
“I waited with him until paramedics arrived, meanwhile Kahn was in agony at the foot of the bridge. I didn’t manage to get her to the vet until an hour after she’d fallen. When I found her she was covered in blood. She was conscious but didn’t respond to me. The whole experience was terrifying.
“After I handed her over to the vets I just broke down crying – I had her blood everywhere and expected the worse.”
To Joanne’s surprise, Kahn lived through the night. At the time, vets could only find one major injury – her snapped back leg, which would have been covered by her insurance policy. However, as Kahn’s treatment progressed, vets found more and more problems, and treatment bills started escalating beyond the £2,500 limit of the insurance policy. In total, Kahn ended up having five major operations, ten sedations and multiple x-rays.
Joanne said: “I often wondered if I was doing the right thing - seeing Kahn go through so much treatment was horrible at times. Her body was rejecting the metal plates, she had to go on powerful antibiotics due to infections and even now can only walk for five or ten minutes before her legs start playing up.”
One of the complications involved a metal plate slipping from her leg and breaking another bone while Jahn was out walking.
Joanne added: “Despite everything her personality hasn’t changed - she still enjoys doing her usual tricks and is enjoying being a pup. After we’ve cleared the vet’s bill, we’d like to pay for some hydrotherapy for her, so she can rebuild her muscles.”
She added: “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped myself and Kahn cope, especially Mr Duffin at the Animal House Vet Surgey, Tailwaggers Club Trust and Tesco and Wilkinsons, who have donated items for me to sell at Newton’s annual fete next month.”
Joanne will be hosting a stall at Newton annual fete on September 10 to try to raise funds to pay for Kahn’s treatment. Anyone who is interested in donating, or finding out more, can do so at justgiving.com/KhanTailwaggers.