Tamworth vets unite for rescue dog Georgie

A JOINT venture between two veterinary hospitals in Tamworth has meant a new life for cattle dog/kelpie cross Georgie.

Two weeks ago, Michael Edleston was travelling along Gunnedah Rd when he spotted a dog lying in a paddock, obviously hurt.

He stopped and picked up the dog, which had a broken leg and had suffered a blow to the head, and the journey to save Georgie began.

Mr Edleston’s wife, Robyn, owns the Marius Street Small Animal Clinic, so he took the dog to her for treatment.

Dr Edleston splinted the leg and scanned her to discover she had a microchip.

After many attempts to contact Georgie’s owner, including mobile and landline numbers, reports to the pound and advertising on Pet Patrol, Dr Edleston had to decide whether to euthanase Georgie or send her for surgery to repair her leg.

Having all fallen in love with Georgie after a few days, her vet nurses and staff members offered to chip in to save Georgie’s life, and Tamworth Vet Hospital’s Dr Alison Neef agreed to X-ray the leg for free.

The leg was badly broken and required surgery, so Dr Neef and Dr Edleston asked Dr Greg Ireland (who is overseas) if they could perform the surgery at cost.

“Rebecca Miller (a Marius Street clinic vet nurse) offered to assist with the surgery after work, and Greg said the Tamworth Vet Hospital could do the surgery for $500, which is ludicrous because the leg had to have a plate, so it was below cost,” Dr Edleston said.

“After four days we had to decide whether to put her down, but everyone knew what she was like by then, so we’d come to the point of no return.”

This was the first time the Tamworth Vet Hospital and Marius Street Small Animal Clinic had worked together in this way, and Dr Neef and Dr Edleston said it could be the first of many. Georgie is three and, with her leg to be fully healed in six weeks, she’s looking for a home. She will be desexed before she is rehomed and, being an active dog, will need an active family, a bit of room and no small dogs in the family.

“She is very intelligent and is picking up things well,” Dr Edleston said.

“She is also very clean and loves cuddles and pats.”

If you can give Georgie a new forever home, contact the Marius St clinic on 6766 7228.

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