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Husky found in garden with mysterious injuries loses eye

The money for his surgery was fundraised over Facebook.

Some of the images in this article may be distressing.

A DOG FOUND in a garden in Cork had to have surgery to remove an eye – and the money was all fundraised on Facebook.

The dog, named Duke, was found in a woman’s garden, Vicky Hurley, manager at Cork Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG) told TheJournal.ie.

An X-ray showed he had extensive head injuries, and he had to have one eye removed as it ruptured. His jaw was also broken in four places, which meant that he needed surgery.

The surgery was going to cost €800, so DAWG put out a call on their Facebook page, saying:

It is getting exhausting at this stage, nearly impossible to cope with the demand on us. We are juggling and begging every single day and the dogs keep coming. There seems to be no end to it and day after day it continues. We don’t know what happened to this dog but whatever did he now needs our help and we can’t turn our back on him.
His surgery is going to costs [sic] approx 800 Euro, that is a huge amount of money, money that we can badly do with and money that can be used for so many other things, however we feel that we need to help him so we are once again asking you to help us.

The money began coming in from supporters. By yesterday, the €800 was raised and Duke was able to have his surgery.

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He’s not the first husky seen by DAWG this year. “To be honest, the huskies – we are getting an awful lot of calls to re-home them,” said Hurley.

People get them as pups and don’t realise they are high maintenance dogs.

She said that huskies need regular exercise and a fenced-off area. “They are a highly strung dog,” she pointed out.

Hurley said they are not sure what caused Duke’s extensive injuries, but she believes it is unlikely to have been a collision with a car.

Duke will need more surgery in another two weeks so that six of his teeth can be extracted. DAWG will be appealing for a foster home for the dog soon.

“He’s going to be very sore and will have trouble eating, so will be on soft food for a while,” she said. “He’s going to need check-ups.” He is believed to be around two to three years of age.

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The new year has been very busy for DAWG. “Since after Christmas it has been really, really busy and we’ve had a lot of dogs that would need surgery – broken legs, all different surgeries, and people have been very good,” said Hurley.

They have always helped us and always supported us. Without the donations we wouldn’t be able to do this.

DAWG receive a government grant, but need extra funding as their vet bills would be over €7,000 to €8,000 a month.

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