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PHOTOS: Can you help save a poorly Cornish dog from being put to sleep?

PHOTOS: Can you help save a poorly Cornish dog from being put to sleep?

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:49am 19th February 2018. (Updated at 8:49am 20th February 2018)

Donations have been flooding in to help save the life of a dog, barely older than a puppy, in Cornwall.

Chibbs the beagle has hip dysplasia and, at just two-years-old, desperately needs a hip replacement.

The trouble is, the procedure costs around £5000 per hip and the family from Launceston cannot afford it.

Owner Melissa Thomas says the insurance company has refused to pay out because the dog's condition is genetic.

Now she has set up a Crowdfunder to help pay for Chibbs' treatment, after vets warned he might have to be put to sleep.

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Posting on the Just Giving page, Melissa said with a newborn baby and trying to buy a new house, they simply cannot cover the cost.

She said: "Chibbs is 2 years old and is currently in a lot of pain with hip dysplasia. He was diagnosed last year, however the vet believed he wouldn't require a full hip replacement until he was around 6 years old.

"Fast forward to now and Chibbs has gone downhill quickly. He's on strong painkillers, however they aren't doing the job. He's extremely lethargic and can't walk very far before he gets tired. Our vet believes it will be kinder for us to have him put to sleep in the next couple of weeks.

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"Our previous insurance company (who we were with when Chibbs was diagnosed) won't pay out a penny for his hips as it is a genetic condition and his parents should have been tested before breeding.

"Now, as it's an existing condition, no insurance company will pay out.

"As we have just had a baby and are currently in the process of buying a house, we can't fund the operation ourselves as it costs around £5000 per hip.

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"In a final hope to save Chibbs' from being put to sleep, I'm trying to raise enough money for his operation. It's a long shot and we will need a lot of help getting word out, but I can't not try.

"Any money we raise will be donated to Beagle Welfare if it's not enough to fund his operation".

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Since Pirate FM reported the story on Monday, an extra £250 has flooded in, taking the total to over £2700 and counting. 

Ian is among the dozens of locals who have made a donation, posting: "Hope you reach your target soon and your pooch makes a speedy recovery".

Fellow owner Alison donated and commented: "Good luck, I’m routing for a quick recovery!

"Hope you can get the rest quickly to avoid anymore pain x big lick from Luna x"

You can read more and find out how to donate here.

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