Ziggy fighting fit after life-saving surgery

Beth Southwell with pet dog Ziggy who needs operation to straighten deformed legs ANL-161004-124234009
Beth Southwell with pet dog Ziggy who needs operation to straighten deformed legs ANL-161004-124234009

Ziggy the Jack Russell terrier is well and fighting fit – just six weeks after undergoing lifesaving surgery to cure a condition he was born with.

The four-year-old dog has had two plates and screws inserted into his left leg due to a condition known as short ulna syndrome.

Ziggy’s owner Beth Southwell said: “I used to call him an old man, but the surgery has changed his life.

“He’s a completely different dog and it’s such a relief that he has been given the all clear by the vets.

“We’ve got to take it easy with him during the next few weeks, although his walks have been upped from 20 to 30 minutes a time.”

Ziggy was discharged from the vets last Friday with clear X-rays.

His plight touched the hearts of Lynn News readers, animal lovers and local businesses across West Norfolk.

Miss Southwell, who initially feared that he would have to be put down, thanked everyone who helped raise £5,000 to finance his treatment.

Although he is covered by an insurance policy, because he had the condition from birth, it didn’t cover the cost of the operation.

“I couldn’t be more grateful,” said Miss Southwell.

“The operation has changed Ziggy’s life for ever and it has also changed my life.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped. Every little bit, however big or small, has made this possible.”

Ziggy’s cone has now been removed and he enjoyed his first cool bath last week.

He is now allowed off the lead but is still required to be caged when Miss Southwell - a doctor’s receptionist from Dersingham - goes to work.

Now he is back to full health, the plan is to enter Ziggy into dog shows and take him for plenty of walks along the beach.