Happy tail for Diesel the husky
A waggy dog story has had a happy ending after an incredible fund-raising effort saved a rescue animal from the likely prospect of being put to sleep.
Diesel, a handsome Siberian husky, was in real trouble because scans revealed he needed a double hip operation, a major undertaking costing almost £4,000.
And sadly Diesel is not even a veteran dog with a long life behind him, but a pup who is just a year old.
The scans showed he urgently required full hip replacements on both sides, as only 25 per cent of the ball joint on both sides are actually in the sockets.
But after a series of fund-raisers in Diesel’s home town of Fleetwood, a magnificent sum of £3,000 was raised meaning the procedure will be able to go ahead.
Even better, he has now been adopted by a new owner who has a knowledge of Siberian Huskies and understands their needs.
Diesel’s fate started to look up after he was rescued from his original home in the port when his owners struggled to deal with his hip problems.
Dog lover Linda Stackhouse played a key part in the fund-raising campaign in Fleetwood and said: “The best thing was that the fund-raising directly led to Diesel being taken on by Howls for Help (Sled Dog Rescue), a charity in Colne which specialises in fostering Siberian Huskies.
“If we had not raised that money, there would be no chance of the operation or the foster charity getting involved. Now, Diesel’s foster carer, who lives near Colne, has decided to adopt him .”
Diesel is now having hydrotherapy sessions to build him up before the operation.