An appeal has been launched to raise £5,000 for urgent surgery to end the torment Ruby the blind dog has to ensure. Ruby is a three-year-old border collie who was handed in at a Swadlincote animal shelter because her owner did not have the time to care for her.
She urgently needs cataract surgery, which will stop her being tormented by the flickers of light that she has to endure in her eyes. She is currently being cared for at Harley's Hounds, in Swadlincote.
Staff there say the lovable pooch is blind and needs an urgent operation in order to relieve her from the constant flickers of light she sees in her eyes.
Ruby was taken to the shelter care last week after her owner admitted they did not have time to look after her.
After Ruby settled in at the animal shelter, her restlessness and odd behaviour sparked worry among volunteers and it was only after a visit to the vet that they discovered she was blind in both eyes.
However, vets believe she experiences flickers of light in her eyes and constantly runs in circles because of this. Staff at the shelter believe this must be exhausting for Ruby, who chases the flickers from the moment she wakes until when she goes to sleep at night.
Harley’s Hounds volunteers are now determined that Ruby should have the surgery so her sight can be restored and are appealing for donations of any amount to go towards Ruby’s £5,000 operation. The charity is also looking for donations of items such as vouchers from hairdressers, retailers or for car services which the charity can then sell on to swell the coffers for Ruby.
Said Naomi Field-Jones, 29, a trustee at Harley’s Hounds: "Ruby is an amazing dog. She really is the most loving and perfect dog but she just needs someone with patience who can deal with the spinning and the chasing.
"She will be such a rewarding dog to take on. She’s so loving and will make an amazing dog with some time and love."
Unfortunately, Mrs Field-Jones also believes Ruby may have some kind of brain damage due to a head trauma she received in the past.
Ruby is presently being taken care of by a volunteer at the charity but requires immediate adoption as her carer goes away on holiday on August 14 and has no one to take care of her.