THE plucky pooch that was given a second chance by a group of determined Tamworth girls is nearly back on his feet thanks to the community’s generosity.
The girls, participants in Tamworth’s BackTrack program, fought to save Red Dog’s life after he broke his leg in August and was in need of expensive veterinary care.
They vowed to raise the money needed for his treatment and rehabilitation and last week finally paid off the bill, thanks to a $500 donation from the RSPCA.
Dr Andrew Speer from South Tamworth Animal Hospital removed Red Dog’s pin on October 2.
He said the break had healed well, but the dog was still on “reduced activity”.
The BackTrack girls meet at Trelawney near Somerton to learn about animal care and have started training a team of dogs to jump, with Red Dog watching on.
BackTrack student councillor Sarah Ferguson said he had to stay on his leash, as his leg was not yet healed to the extent that he could begin jumping.
“I don’t think Red Dog understood the orders though, because he looked like he wanted to get off his leash and join the dogs jumping over those hay bales,” she said.
Mrs Ferguson said the RSPCA volunteers who visited Trelawney were impressed with the way saving Red Dog’s life had united the girls.
Now that the fundraising hasconcluded, there is money left over which will allow some of the other pups at BackTrack to get their vaccinations and for one female dog to be spayed.