Brave Woody lose battle for life

RSPCA Sheffield needs to raise �1200 to pay for operations for Woody, a Yorkshire-cross with two front legs that were broken when they became trapped under an opening door.

RSPCA Sheffield needs to raise �1200 to pay for operations for Woody, a Yorkshire-cross with two front legs that were broken when they became trapped under an opening door.

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STAR readers did their very best to save him.

But sadly even the money generously donated to provide this badly injured puppy with urgent treatment has not proved enough.

Staff at RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre say Woody, the puppy for whom Star readers donated cash for a vital operation to mend his broken front legs, has had to be put to sleep after a brave battle.

But his memory will live on after the money donated to pay for his treatment has been transferred to a fund to help other poorly pets.

Woody was injured after accidentally getting his legs stuck under an opening door.

RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre general manager Stella White said: “We are terribly saddened that Woody is no longer with us.

“We have set up a memorial fund in his name into which the remaining donated funds have been placed to help other puppies and dogs who come to us in need of vital operations.

“No-one was able to foresee this very sad outcome. Our staff have been in tears as we cared very much about Woody.

“It has been a real shock to everyone involved in looking after him and we are so grateful to all the people who donated money to help with the cost of his operations and the hard work of the vets and vet nurses involved.

“In memory of Woody, we have set up a memorial fund called Woody’s Legacy into which the remainder of the donations will be placed, specifically for sick dogs and puppies.”

Greg Firth, vet for the RSPCA Sheffield branch, who carried out the operations at Peak Veterinary Practice, said Woody, who was admitted with radius and ulna fractures of both front limbs, was recovering well after surgery.

But he developed a permanent physical disability and was unable to use one of his legs.

He then suffered a neurological dysfunction of a back leg and could not take any weight on it - meaning three legs were not working.

Mr Firth said Woody had been an exceptionally brave dog.

But he said his quality of life had been ‘very poor’ and was ‘deteriorating with each passing day’.

n To donate money to Woody’s Legacy, please call 0114 289 8057.

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