Susie get her operation this week

Causeway Coast Dog Rescue charity rescued cocker spaniel Susie from a local breeder
Causeway Coast Dog Rescue charity rescued cocker spaniel Susie from a local breeder

A cocker spaniel rescued from Causeway Coast Dog Rescue charity is having a life-saving operation, thanks to donations from the local community.

Susie, who was less than a year old when she was rescued, is jet black and has the best temperament for rehoming.

With the recent call to raise funds for Susie the cocker spaniel's specialist heart operation, Ian Eccles owner and manager of ALPHA 1 Dog Hotel located on the north coast helped to raise funds to support the cost of the surgery. Ian is seen here donating �300 to Chairman of the charity, Maggie Dimsdale-Bobby. A huge thank you to Ian and his team for their kind donation which will go a long way to support the final cost

With the recent call to raise funds for Susie the cocker spaniel's specialist heart operation, Ian Eccles owner and manager of ALPHA 1 Dog Hotel located on the north coast helped to raise funds to support the cost of the surgery. Ian is seen here donating �300 to Chairman of the charity, Maggie Dimsdale-Bobby. A huge thank you to Ian and his team for their kind donation which will go a long way to support the final cost

However following a health check by the charity before rehoming, a heart problem was discovered.

Chairperson of the north coast charity, Maggie Dimsdale-Bobby said: “There are so many health issues with dogs being rescued, however Susie is special. She has a heart complaint in relation to the flow of blood around her heart.”

“As the charity’s focus is to make sure every dog has a second chance, a specialist vet surgeon was sourced from Belfast who specialises in heart complaints for dogs. He had a special interest as he had a problem with his own heart.

“He agreed to complete the operation and ensure Susie didn’t have to wait too long. As Susie is a young dog, and full of life, she is a perfect for having this kind of operation and it being successful.”

Local veterinary practice Roe Valley in Limavady decided they would submit a team to the Belfast Marathon in the aim of raising funds for a rescue dog's heart operation. Susie, the rescue cocker spaniel was aiming to have her operation earlier this year will now be having it this week with a specialist vet being flown in from England. �1001 was achieved by the Roe Valley vets and presented to Chairman Maggie Dimsdale-Bobby at their practice in Limavady. On behalf of the director and members of the CCDR Charity, thank you to everyone for entering the marathon and achieving such a substantial amount which will go a long way to supporting Susie in having her operation

Local veterinary practice Roe Valley in Limavady decided they would submit a team to the Belfast Marathon in the aim of raising funds for a rescue dog's heart operation. Susie, the rescue cocker spaniel was aiming to have her operation earlier this year will now be having it this week with a specialist vet being flown in from England. �1001 was achieved by the Roe Valley vets and presented to Chairman Maggie Dimsdale-Bobby at their practice in Limavady. On behalf of the director and members of the CCDR Charity, thank you to everyone for entering the marathon and achieving such a substantial amount which will go a long way to supporting Susie in having her operation

Maggie added: “Unfortunately earlier this summer, the kind and trusted vet passed away suddenly due to his own heart condition. The charity’s members and volunteers felt great sympathy for his family and friends in England.

“During this time, we secured foster parents for Susie while she awaited her fate.”

Members had already started to raise funds for Susie’s operation and wanted to continue to give her the best chance possible.

Funds were raised through a campaign on the charity’s facebook page with supporters’ donations, children’s birthday donations, local kennels donating and vets running a marathon and other activities.

Causeway Coast Dog Rescue aims to ensure every dog gets a second chence

Causeway Coast Dog Rescue aims to ensure every dog gets a second chence

“The veterinary practice helped us to identify another vet from England, as with such a specialised operation with key hole surgery there are very few who perform it.

“Unfortunately costs have increased but the charity wish to continue fundraising for Susie.

“The operation will be taking place this week in Belfast and we have only another £780 to reach our target.”