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    Beaten dog gets his sight back

    NewsAnimal CrueltyMonday 19 March 2012
    UK dogs

    A BLIND Staffordshire bull terrier beaten by his owner has got his sight back thanks to an animal charity near Newmarket.

    Dodger, who was born deaf, was taken from his owner after he was videoed by a neighbour punching the terrified 18-month-old dog in Grimsby.

    The video was watched by millions after it was posted online and his owner was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years.

    Now vets from the Animal Health Trust in Kentford have restored Dodger’s sight by removing cataracts from both eyes.

    Claudie Hartley, the AHT’s head of small animal opthalmology, said: “Both operations went very well and we’re confident he now has sight in both eyes.

    “It’s an absolute joy to be able to help dogs like Dodger who will now, hopefully, have a much brighter future.”

    Kirstyn Gaunt, deputy manager at the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre, near March, where Dodger is currently staying, said: “We were all in tears when we heard the AHT could carry out the operation for him and give him the gift of sight again - we are extremely grateful to them for their help.”

    Mrs Hartley continued: “Dodger is the most adorable dog. As soon as he arrived I fell in love with him and it wasn’t long before he’d worked his charm on the rest of the vets and nurses here.

    “We all hope he will find a forever home that deserves a dog as special as him.”

    Anyone interested in becoming Dodger’s new owner can call the animal centre on 0300 123 0726 or 0300 123 8405 or email [email protected]

    Source: New Market Journal


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