A RUBERY woman has 27 days to raise £800 for a pooch found severely injured on a motorway after being missing for almost a month.
Karen Goodman has set out on a fund-raising mission to get the money needed to pay for the medical costs of her childhood friend’s beloved dog Leo.
Since he was found by motorway police on the M5 on Monday (December 1) the lhasa apso and bichon frisea cross has had to have his tail amputated because of a break near the bottom of his spine.
Leo is currently being cared for by The Animal House Rescue and Karen is hoping to see £1,500 collected in total to give extra to the charity as a thank you for its help.
It all began when Leo was out on a walk with his owner and he ran off.
Although posters were put up and vets were contacted, along with appeals on Facebook and in supermarkets, and frantic searches, Leo was nowhere to be seen until Monday.
He was immediately taken to the vets to be checked over – it is believed he had been run over and as a result had a number of severe injuries and needed treatment costing more than £800 – so far £350 has been raised.
However because of the huge costs and the after care Leo needs his owner has been forced to give him up to a charity because she would not have been able to look after him with her full-time job.
Karen said: “I am just happy to help out with Leo’s care and to raise money for the charity.
“I am just happy to help this poor little dog that has obviously been through so much and the charity who is doing a fantastic job of looking after animals in their care.
“The owner has been criticised for giving Leo up but she has made the hardest and most heart-breaking decision to give him up because that is what is best for him.
“I would like to try and get as much publicity for the charity and raise the funds to help Leo and give some extra to the charity if we can hit the target.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/yimby/leo-theanimalhouserescue to donate to Karen’s cause.