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.

Tuesday, 30th January 2018, 12:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th January 2018, 12:25 pm
Diesel, the Siberian Husky dog rescued in Fleetwood, is currently enjoying hydrotherapy sessions before major surgery on both hips.

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.

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Adam Underdown and Julie Wheatley have set up a JustGiving page to raise money for their dog Diesel, who needs a hip replacement.

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.

Linda Stackhouse at a free dog micro-chipping event at Larkholme Community Centre.

“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.

Adam Underdown and Julie Wheatley have set up a JustGiving page to raise money for their dog Diesel, who needs a hip replacement.
Linda Stackhouse at a free dog micro-chipping event at Larkholme Community Centre.