Dagenham owner’s quest to save dog’s life

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 February 2016



Jason O'Connor

A Dagenham dog owner is trying to raise £1,000 for a life-saving amputation.

Eight-year-old Stella has a cancerous tumour on her back leg, with owner Jason O’Connor told immediate surgery would give her the best chance of survival.

Stella was given a clean bill of health in August, but in November Jason found a lump on her leg and took her to the vets.

It was initially believed to be an infection, but a subsequent visit found she had a tumour,

“For something like this to happen so soon after she was given a clean bill of health, it really knocks you,” said Jason.

The gardener paid for an operation to remove the tumour but earlier this year it returned.

“I’m self-employed, so I don’t have any income if I can’t work, and I’ve got to look after Stella at the moment,” he said.

“They’ve said the operation will cost around £1,000.

“It would be great if there was an NHS for dogs and cats and all the other sick pets.”

An operation is scheduled for this week, with Jason having to treat the bleeding in the meantime.

“I’m doing everything the vet said, keeping her calm,” he said.

Jason, 42, got Stella when she was just 10 weeks old and the pair have been close ever since.

“She’s beautiful,” he said.

“It’s like something happening to one of your children, you just want to help them.

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