A West Norfolk pet owner is appealing for help to raise £5,000 to finance lifesaving surgery for her dog.
Beth Southwell needs to raise the money by this October to finance an operation for her Jack Russell terrier, Ziggy.
His front legs are severely deformed because of a condition known as short ulna syndrome and the operation would see metal plates inserted in them.
But, without wellwishers’ help, the 21-year-old doctors’ receptionist from Dersingham, who also works at Fat Face, fears that he will have to be put down as she will not be able to save the money needed in time.
She said: “It will just cripple him. I want him to have a normal quality of life.”
Since she began fundraising in January, Miss Southwell has collected around £1,600 towards the cost and that total was boosted by a fashion show held at Dersingham’s village hall on Saturday.
An initial £250 was raised, which will be split between the appeal and the village’s Baby Basics toddler group, and a further sum will follow from commissions of clothes sold at the event.
She is also being helped by Simone Walls, who is organising a fun dog show to be held at the Sandringham visitor centre on May 29.
Mrs Walls’ husband works with Miss Southwell’s stepmother, Julie, at the Royal Stud and organised a similar charity dog show two years ago.
She explained that, although Ziggy is covered by an insurance policy, it will not cover the cost of the operation, because he has had the condition from birth.
Mrs Walls said: “He can’t go on living the way he is. She’s just doing everything she can to raise the money for the operation.
“He’s a lovely dog, he really is. He deserves a chance to have a full life.”
The event has already received the support of the Listers car dealership and Cobbydog, who have pledged sponsorship.
And Mrs Walls has praised the estate for their backing of the campaign.
She said: “They’re so good to let us run an event at the visitors’ centre.”
Miss Southwell said she was overwhelmed by the support she has received so far.
She added: “It’s incredible. I can’t believe it.”
Anyone who would like to help can contact Miss Southwell by phoning 07557 337400 or emailing email@example.com.