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Readers dig deep to pay for abused dog's life-saving op

By Rebecca Black

Published 01/08/2015

Norman the greyhound with a friend
Norman the greyhound with a friend

The owner of an ill dog in urgent need of an operation to save its life has thanked the readers of the Belfast Telegraph for their generous donations.

Within hours of an article appearing in this newspaper yesterday about Norman the greyhound, his owner received enough donations to fund the surgery.

Norman was found two years ago in a sorry state, with his ears hacked off and severe head injuries consistent with having been beaten.

Apparently he'd been subjected to the barbaric mutilation to remove any trace of the owner ID tattooed on his ears. When he was found on the Ballycraigy Road, near Newtownabbey, he also had burn injuries on his legs and underside consistent with being thrown from a moving vehicle, and was starving.

Norman was taken to Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary, where the charity's chairman George Anderson fell in love with him and brought him home for a pampered life.

However, Norman's injuries caught up with him and, now aged three, he is on heavy medication and suffers multiple seizures a day. Yesterday we carried Mr Andersons's plea for help to fund the £3,000 operation that will help relieve the pressure in his head which causes the seizures.

Within hours of this appearing in print and online, Mr Anderson said he was overwhelmed the charity had received enough donations to fund the surgery.

"Thank you so much, I believe the article in the Belfast Telegraph made a big difference," he said.

"Along with the online appeal and donations made at the sanctuary, we have now raised slightly over £3,000 and the Justgiving page is now being closed.

"Thank you seems so inadequate for the love and kindness shown towards Norman. No words can express the gratitude we feel. We hope this gives our beautiful boy the opportunity to live the life he so much deserves."

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