Denise said, “I can’t recommend microchipping enough. My son's previous cat, Tommy, was killed by a car and we were both devastated, so Scooby was a replacement for my son. I had to make the decision whether to put him to sleep but I decided against it and told the vets to try and do everything they could to save him.”
The five-year-old boy has undergone extensive surgery – costing just shy of £4000 – to help him to walk again. Scooby’s rear right leg sustained multiple injuries and now has synthetic joins and ligaments, his pelvis had been displaced on one side, his kidney detached, he developed peritonitis from the blunt trauma and his left foreleg sustained a horrendous injury, leaving him with an open wound which requires ongoing treatment and a possible skin graft. He also required hours in an oxygen tent when he was first brought in to the Worthing vets as he had respiratory problems.
Denise is on a low income and is been a single mother to her teenage son, whose father passed away in 2006. She has contributed £500 toward the bill so far. Tailwaggers, Paws and Claws, and the RSPCA has given £1,100 between them. Since the initial bill, Scooby has had to have the x-fix on his leg removed, and may require a skin graft. This has added another £1,000 to the bill. It is also costing between £50 and £100 per week for check-ups with Scooby’s registered vets in Burgess Hill.
Denise would be incredibly grateful for any help to cover the cost of Scooby’s bill. She said, “I really appreciate the help and sympathy that everyone has shown both Scooby and myself.”