Puppy gets lifesaving surgery thanks to Cheshire Police Date published: 7th March 2017 4.10pm

A puppy rescued by a Chester animal charity has had lifesaving surgery after Cheshire Police raised the final amount needed to pay for the operation.

On the first Friday of every month staff at Cheshire Police HQ in Winsford dress down and donate to a charity. On 3 February the chosen charity was Ark Angels Animal Rescue which is based at Green Lane Veterinary Centre.

The extra boost in coffers meant Poppy, a 7-month-old Bichon Frise rescued from a puppy farm, was able to have an operation on a hole in her heart. The rest of the money was raised through social media by the charity.

Sergeant Andy Burrage who is a trustee to the charity, said: “Poppy’s prognosis was poor with only an expensive operation giving any hope of survival. The donation from staff was very timely and was used towards Poppy’s lifesaving heart surgery, which was performed last week by a specialist vet. I’m pleased to say she’s doing really well.”

The rescue relies solely on the kind generosity of its supporters including a number of Cheshire Police staff and officers. The charity is run on a voluntary basis.  No one gets a salary and no expenses are ever claimed which means every last penny goes towards animals in need.

The charity uses foster homes rather than kennelling and fosters everything from dogs and guinea pigs to horses and cats.

Sergeant Burrage from Cheshire Police’s dog unit said: “Poppy is being looked after by Ark Angels and it will be a number of weeks before she can be rehomed. However, we have a number of animals due for rehoming and one special dog springs to mind, Calvin, a German Spitz Pomeranian cross who came to us following a relationship breakdown. He’s an amazing, friendly dog eager for a new forever home. If you want to know more, or donate, go to our Facebook page to enquire.”