A dog who is blind and diabetic is in need of life changing treatment after experiencing a tough upbringing in Greece.
Jenny, a two year-old cross breed, was rescued from Greece and is now receiving the love and care that she needs in northern Lincolnshire.
Bob and Jayne Jones, who live in Althorpe, decided to take Jenny in after reading about her awful predicament on two animal rescue pages – Hounds First Sighthound Rescue and Blind Dog Rescue UK.
Jayne was absolutely smitten and had to take her when she read her story.
She said: “You know what they say about love at first sight – well, that was the case here. Nobody wanted her because of her diabetes and blindness. But I wouldn’t let that stop me from taking her in. We were excited but apprehensive at the same time because it’s a big commitment.
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“We saw her in April but because of covid, it took much longer than that to bring her over. She only arrived with us about five weeks ago which shows how long it has taken.”
It wasn’t easy to bring Jenny over to the UK either.
She was born into a hoarding situation in Greece – which means that the owners had acquired too many dogs to meet the basic needs of each dog.
Eventually, the poor little puppy was released onto the streets of Greece with very little chance of survival.
To make things worse, she had contracted diabetes and soon became blind.
When she was picked up by a rescue shelter in Greece and placed into kennels, she was regularly attacked by the other dogs for food because she couldn’t see.
A foster family did take care of Jenny in Greece for eight months – but they barely managed to keep her alive which is why Jenny was looking for her forever home.
Eventually, she was transported from Greece to Holland by plane, then she was driven across the continent in order to be ferried over to Bob and Jayne in Scunthorpe.
When she first arrived Bob and Jayne were in disbelief about Jenny’s predicament and how she had been treated so poorly in Greece.
Jayne added: “We were surprised that she survived the journey over when we first saw her. She arrived with a massive wound on her tummy from where she’d been spayed.
“Her blood sugars were off the roof and she was in an awful condition. If she’d have stayed over in Greece much longer – she’d probably have died. We’re continuing to fight for her now.”
If blood sugar levels are not maintained in diabetic dogs, it could be life threatening and Jenny was on the brink of life and death.
Jayne remarks: “She was a skeleton. She was so malnourished as well. This made her very lethargic when she arrived with us. The animals are seen as vermin in Greece and she wasn’t treated well at all. She was at death’s door and we thought she was going to die that weekend.”
So Bob and Jayne rushed Jenny to the nearest animal hospital to try and stabilise her condition.
Jenny still isn’t out of the woods as she requires complex care to meet her needs on a daily basis.
Jayne explains: “She has to have insulin injections twice daily and her blood glucose monitored daily. We’ve paid £200 for the machine that helps to monitor her blood sugars. She has cataracts – caused by her diabetes – and to have it removed, it would cost £5,000. She also has ketone in her blood and urine which can prove fatal as well. She is a really poorly dog.
“We just don’t have that sort of money and we would appreciate any help we could get for Jenny. She deserves so much more after the life she’s had to live.”
The procedure would be life changing for Jenny and her quality of life.
So Bob and Jayne have started a GoFundMe page to help their beloved pooch live a more comfortable life after the horrors she faced in Greece.
Jayne added: “Having the operation might be able to help her see again. The vets have said that because she’s still so young, she could go on and live for another eight or nine years. It would really make a massive difference for her.”
“She’s absolutely lovely – you couldn’t not love her. We also have a Chinese Crested male and a little Shih Tzu Chihuahua who Jenny loves. Jenny can’t see them but she sidles up to them and feels at home.”
It’ll be a joy to reach the target and to get her the treatment she needs. She’s still only a young dog and hasn’t had the best start in life. But to have lived the way she has – blind and alone on the streets in Greece – she deserves someone to fight for her.”
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