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Benson begs for help [18/04/2002]

A Great Dane abandoned at The Blue Cross adoption centre in Kimpton Bottom has had to undergo a major operation which has left the charity with a huge vets bill.

The dog, which was left on the road near the animal charity's Herfordshire centre over the Easter weekend, had been badly neglected by its previous owners and was suffering from very sore paws and malnutrition.

Distressed and hungry, the dog, christened Benson by Blue Cross staff, was brought into the centre, but suffered a twisted stomach overnight and had to be rushed to a local vet by centre manager, Lynda Campbell. On arrival, Benson underwent an emergency operation for the serious complaint, which has left the charity with a private veterinary bill totally more than £500.

Following the operation, Benson is now on a special diet and a course of drugs, costing the charity more than £20 a week. Once he has recovered and is ready to be rehomed, his prospective owners must be aware that Benson will need to remain on a special diet for the rest of his life.

Lynda says, "These extraordinary set of circumstances have left the centre with a massive bill. We're asking local people to think of Benson as he convalesces over the next few weeks, and help us to give him the new start in life that this beautiful dog deserves."

If anyone would like to donate funds or food to Benson or the other animals at the Hertfordshire centre, please take them to The Blue Cross, Kimpton Bottom, Nr. Hitchin, or call 01483 832232.

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