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Bury St Edmunds mercy mission to help save leg of young pup from Turkey

A dog rescue charity is embarking on a mercy mission by whisking a young pup from Turkey to Bury St Edmunds in a bid to save his leg from amputation.

Seven-month-old Noah was left with a deformed front leg after being hit by a car at the age of just 10 weeks.

The cross breed is in ‘tremendous pain’ and has seen two vets in Turkey, who recommended amputation.

Andy Gough with Noah
Andy Gough with Noah

However, charity Animal Friends of Turkey (AFOT) refused to give up hope and has arranged to transport him 2,500 miles across Europe by car to Bury St Edmunds next month for surgery to try to save his leg.

It needs to raise an initial £1,250 to help fund the cost of his surgery, which has been arranged by trustee and committee member Andy Gough, of Bury.

Mr Gough said: “Noah had multiple fractures in the accident and his leg was not set correctly at the outset.


“He is in a tremendous amount of pain and is clearly depressed.

“We were not prepared to condemn him to losing his leg if we know there is a way that we can save it.

“There is very little prospect for a three-legged street dog in Turkey where there was every chance that he would spend what life he has in a disease-ridden shelter.

“We do not give up on young pups like Noah and we want to give him every chance to save his leg and of living a healthy and pain-free life.”

Rescue dog Dolly
Rescue dog Dolly

Mr Gough, 64, of Downing Close, took copies of Noah’s x-rays to vet Duncan Hole at Swayne & Partners, who is confident that he can help.

The UK-registered charity relies solely on the donations of its supporters.

Mr Gough, a former managing director of Cambridge Newspapers, said: “Once he’s hopefully sorted we will keep him here until he’s properly right and then try to find him a forever home in the UK.”

He rescued his 20-month-old cross-breed Dolly from Turkey a year ago this month.

A regular visitor to the Fethiye region of Turkey, he became involved with the charity after seeing the plight of dogs there.

To donate to the appeal visit https://rehome-a-rescue-dog.co.uk/home/please-help-save-noahs-leg.

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