Dersingham dog owner’s delight as operation appeal reaches target

Dog Treasure Hunt  at The House On The Green North Wootton IAO Ziggy's Vetinary treatment..Pictured Bethany Southwall.George Hoolhouse. with Ziggy ANL-160416-173835009
Dog Treasure Hunt at The House On The Green North Wootton IAO Ziggy's Vetinary treatment..Pictured Bethany Southwall.George Hoolhouse. with Ziggy ANL-160416-173835009

A four-year-old Jack Russell terrier owned by a Dersingham resident is due to have an operation to straighten his front legs next week.

Beth Southwell, who owns Ziggy, has raised £4,500 with help from community projects to cover the costs of this procedure.

Rebecca Walls of Listers Mini BMW  King's Lynn.Present a cheque to Beth Southwell money raised for her dog Ziggy's operation. FLtoR  Rebecca Walls. Beth Southwell. ANL-160906-151249009

Rebecca Walls of Listers Mini BMW King's Lynn.Present a cheque to Beth Southwell money raised for her dog Ziggy's operation. FLtoR Rebecca Walls. Beth Southwell. ANL-160906-151249009

Beth said: “It’s amazing, we wouldn’t have had this opportunity for Ziggy if it wasn’t for everyone who has helped and it’s only been six months since we started to raise the money.”

Ziggy, who is now four-years-old, has a condition called short ulna syndrome which means that his front legs are severely deformed.

The operation will seek to put metal rods in his legs to straighten them out.

Simone Walls, who has helped Beth organise some of the fundraising events such as a dog show, said: “It’s brilliant (that we’ve raised enough for Ziggy to have his operation) - it’s what we wanted for him, to give him the opportunity to hopefully have a normal life.”

Last Thursday Beth was presented with a £1,351 cheque from Lynn’s Listers Mini - who donated £500 to the cause.

The other portion of the cheque money was raised from the dog show which was held on the Sandringham estate on Sunday, May 29 and was a big success.

Simone said: “It was very kind of the estate to allow us to hold the dog show at the visitor centre. A lot of the people who came in to take part weren’t even from the area. A lot of those who came were on holiday here.”

Some of the past fundraising events that Beth and her supporters had organised included a bingo evening, a raffle and a fashion show which helped boost the total needed for Ziggy’s operation.

Beth said: “I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has got involved.”

The original target set for the procedure was £5,000 but Beth said that after Ziggy had a CT scan, it was decided that the operation would not be as difficult as first thought and so the £4,500 raised will be enough to cover the whole costs.

It was expected that Ziggy would need to have this operation by October this year so that the Jack Russell would avoid the chance of getting arthritis in his wrists due to his deformed legs.

Beth said: “I have set up a little room for Ziggy at home ready for when he comes back after his operation and I’ll put a mattress in there so I can be with him.

“I have to do that because he won’t leave me alone!”

We wish Ziggy all the best with his operation next week and hope he has a speedy recovery.