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Fundraising appeal to save sight of stray dog

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Joey the Jack Russell has his hopes pinned on emergency fundraising to save the sight in his one good eye.

The whiskery pup, who is thought to be around five years old, was taken to a dog rescue centre by a member of the public five months ago after he was found wandering the streets.

Attempts to trace his owners failed, and he was put in a foster home.

But helpers soon noticed Joey’s eyes were glazed over - and he was taken to an eye specialist who diagnosed juvenile cataracts.

The condition means Joey is already blind in one eye - and could go blind in the other in the next six to 12 months.

Jeanette Hollywood, owner of the Netherlands Dog Rescue Centre in Kilnhurst, Rotherham, is trying to raise £3,000 for the eye operations for Joey.

Jeanette said the operation will help Joey, who could live until he is 17, lead a better life.

“He’ll be able to run about and catch a ball and do all the things normal five-year-old dogs do,” she said.

“I know there are plenty of dogs that are blind, and manage perfectly well, but it’s such a shame that he’s such a young dog.”

It will cost £1,500 for the cataracts to be removed from each eye.

So far, just £150 has been donated to Joey’s appeal.

Joey is also looking for an adoptive family to give him his first forever home.

To find out more about him, and other dogs, visit www.netherlandsdogrescue.co.uk or call Jeanette on 07786 292 104.

The charity saves unwanted dogs from being put to sleep in local pounds, and finds them new, loving homes.

It is run by volunteers and is funded solely by donations, a charity shop and fundraising events.

 

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