Dog walkers trek on for puppy Jazz

Julie Drabble, pictured with Jazz, a crossbreed puppy, who will be undergoing facial reconstructive surgery.. Picture: Marie Caley S0131MC

Julie Drabble, pictured with Jazz, a crossbreed puppy, who will be undergoing facial reconstructive surgery.. Picture: Marie Caley S0131MC

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A GROUP of dog lovers completed a sponsored walk to help pay for the treatment of a poor puppy who has facial burns.

Representatives from Willow Dog Rescue in Wath-upon-Dearne decided to raise money for Jazz, a 13-week-old cross breed, who they brought in from a dog pound in Doncaster.

The pup had a terrible burn on her face and is expected to need reconstructive surgery.

Volunteers at the rescue centre organised the Walk4Willow trek last weekend to raise money to pay for any of Jazz’s vet fees.

The group walked 20 miles along the Trans Pennine Trail from their base in Station Road, Wath, to Dunford Bridge.

They managed to raise around £500 to help bring Jazz back to full health.

Julie Drabble, co-founder of Willow Dog Rescue, said: “We really had to work really hard for the sponsorship money as the weather was terrible.

“It was raining most of the day, it was windy with hail stones.

“But we were determined to carry on until the end.

“Everyone did fantastically to dig deep in the last couple of miles and finish the walk.

“There were quite a few of us doing the walk so we tried to give each other support along the way.”

She added: “Jazz is a lovely dog. We don’t know how she got the burns, it may have been an accident, but they were quite severe.

“It looks as though she has scarring which has pulled part of her face upwards, which can’t be very comfortable.

“We are taking her to the vet to see what can be done.

“It may be that she needs surgery and hopefully the sponsorship money will cover it.”

Julie also praised everyone who supported the walk.

She said: “I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the walk and to all of those who raised money for us.

“Times are hard for everyone at the moment so it is always nice to see people giving donations.”

* Volunteers at the centre organise a monthly social dog walk around Manvers Lake.

Their next one will be on Sunday, June 3, and anyone wishing to attend is asked to meet at 10am in Broomhill car park, close to the RSPB nature reserve on the Manvers Estate. For more information contact Julie Drabble on 07583 616972.