A RESCUE dog who self-harms due to a rare syndrome has given a special canine thanks to a vet for a big cash boost to the charity which has saved him.
Loveable cocker spaniel George has Acral Mutilation Syndrome which sees him chew his hind paws, draw blood, and at one point he even nibbled away part of a toe and exposed the bone.
He is being loved and looked after in a foster home provided by the Cocker and English Springer Spaniel Rescue – CAESSR – and his ongoing specialist treatment has cost the cause close to £10,000 in the past two years.
His foster mum has changed her career so she can be around more to care for him.
The founders of the charity and George’s foster mum took him to meet senior small animal vet Richard Nolan of Manor Court Veterinary Centre in Church Street, to receive an £800 donation from Willows Veterinary Group which owns the surgery in the centre of Tarvin.
The independently-owned veterinary group, has a network of 25 small animal surgeries, a referral veterinary hospital, two equine centres and a seven-office farm practice located across Cheshire and into the Wirral, North Wales and Staffordshire.
Mr Nolan put forward the cause on behalf of his surgery at the Group’s Christmas party where nominated animal charities were put into a hat and two were drawn out to receive half each of the £1,600 charitable donations raised.
The other £800 went to Clwyd Special Riding Centre in Llanfynydd.
Mr Nolan said: “I have known Di and Ian Harrison of CAESSR for most of the 30 years I’ve been at this practice and have looked after their own personal pet spaniels.
“I know of the tremendous work they do with the rescue which is why I put CAESSR forward at the Christmas party.”
He added: “Although I’ve never treated him myself, I’ve heard George’s story.
“It’s a very unusual case as Acral Mutilation Syndrome is a vicious circle which starts with itching and ends up with an animal chewing its own extremities.
“I’m aware the treatment George has been having is very expensive so I’m hoping our donation will make some contribution towards that.”
Di and Ian Harrison, who live near near Tarporley, founded CAESSR in 2010 along with John and Pat Powell from Stoke-on-Trent, where the charity has its main kennels.
Pat died from cancer a year ago and volunteer Lisa Guthrie now looks after the charity finances.
CAESSR now has a network of volunteers all over the UK.