A DOG that suffered the loss of two limbs after being poisoned is able to walk again after being fitted with state of the art pawsthetic limbs thanks to a British animal rescue charity. The Beagle cross called Tara had both front legs amputated in Romania after she was found clinging to life but suffering such severe gangrene in all four legs that the front two had rotted down to the bone. Veterinary surgeons managed to save the back two but amputated the front two saving the dogs life but leaving her unable to walk. After reading about her plight on line British mother of four Kelly Hare, who runs Safe Rescue For Dogs specializing in the care and re-homing of severely injured dogs vowed to help. She volunteered to rehabilitate and help re-home Tara and with the help of family and friends fundraised to commission a pair of prosthetic limbs. Now ten months after arriving in the UK, Tara, who is thought to be about four years old, has taken her first steps. Miss Hare, 38, said: ‘ It’s given her a new lease of life. You can see how happy she is to be walking again. She looks so proud to be back on four legs and I’m very proud too. She’s been through so much but she has the most wonderful nature.’ In fact Miss Hare has now decided to keep Tara after becoming so attached to her during the rehabilitation process. She said: ‘She’s really suffered. She must have been in agony when she was found so much so that it may have been kinder to put her to sleep. But her legs were amputated in Romania and she was starting to recover but nobody knew what to do with her next. If she’d gone back on the streets she would have died. When I saw pictures of her I knew I had to help.’ ‘I’m so pleased I did because look at her now.’ Miss Hare from Great Yarmouth has been rescuing dogs for two years after establishing Safe Rescue For Dogs after working for the RSPCA and other rescue charities. The charity supports the rehabilitation and re-homing of dogs in the UK and abroad and has close links with Romania where stray dogs can suffer appalling neglect and abuse. She read about Tara for the first time in October last year. She had been living with other stray dogs in the grounds of a hospital where staff fed and watered them. But one night they were poisoned and thought to have all died. It was more than a week later that Tara was discovered to be alive by a surgeon who worked at the hospital. She rushed her to a vet who performed the amputation. A volunteer later drove the animal to the UK after Miss Hare offered to help and arranged a passport. The charity then contacted a prosthetic limb company in America who agreed to make two new paws but Miss Hare needed to raise £3,000 first. Her sister Zoe Hare did a sponsored skydive with a friend in April this year and kind supporters pledged the rest. Meanwhile Miss Hare took the dog out for walks in her children’s old pushchair. Tara underwent moulding and fitting with a local vet. The limbs were finally fitted on Monday 1st September when Tara took her first shaky steps. The following morning she ran for the first time. Ms Hare said: ‘ It was like watching Bambi take her first steps. After a few falls to get the hang of it and was off, the next day she ran for the first time.’ ‘Her tail has not stopped wagging since. ‘She’s such a little diva.’ Tara is one of an estimated 500 dogs that the charity has helped and funds are now being raised for a purpose built rehabilitation centre in the UK. The charity has also raised £90,000 towards the project and is appealing for more support via it’s website www.saferescuefordogs.com ENDS
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