Pat Clark of charity ‘Mutts in Distress’ raised funds to bring Sandy the German Shepherd, who lived with extremely deformed legs at a shelter in Greece, over to the UK for treatment.
Pat and surgeon Chaim Pilosof, of Companion Care Vets, heard about Sandy through contacts at the animal shelter in Corfu where the 10-month-old dog had been left.
After Mr Pilosof agreed to perform surgery for free, Pat flew Sandy over to the UK, where Chaim fitted specially-made plates into the dog’s legs to straighten them.
Mrs Clark said: “I saw a picture of Sandy and knew we had to bring him here. He was so bow-legged and wonky he was almost walking on his chest.”
Mr Pilosof successfully performed the operations, which were not available in Corfu, but now Sandy faces three months of physiotherapy and recovery before he can be rehomed with Mrs Clark.
Speaking after the first operation, Mr Pilosof said: “The deformity was probably caused by poor nutrition, perhaps while he was in the womb… In terms of walking he should be back to normal, and it will be almost unnoticeable.”