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Generous readers rally to save abandoned pups

PUBLISHED: 16:27 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:59 25 August 2010

READERS have raised over £1,000 in just one week following a Times SOS call to help an animal charity facing closure.

READERS have raised over £1,000 in just one week following a Times SOS call to help an animal charity facing closure.

Pat Williams, of Willow Wildlife Rescue, based in Chislehurst, thanked Times readers who have already donated £1,070 towards veterinary bills of more than £3,000 for six lurcher puppies who contracted Parvovirus.

Mrs Williams and husband Eddie provided a home for the abandoned pups, that were dumped on a golf course in a cardboard box last month, after they had been left at the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) in Thamesmead.

Days later they became desperately ill with parvovirus, leaving the charity massive bills to treat them.

Despite expensive treatment, three have died.

Mrs Williams said: "Thankfully three of the puppies have pulled through, it was touch and go, they were very poorly.

"They are out of quarantine now and are getting back to full health in our house and have even made friends with one of my dogs. They chase her up the garden and hang off her tail.

"Typical puppies really, bringing pond weed in from the garden and spreading it around on the carpet."

The three battling survivors - Bobby, Freddie and Scooby - had been close to death as infection attacked their heart and digestive system.

With intensive nursing care at Laurel's Vets, Bromley, they pulled through but at a high price.

Mrs Williams said: "People have been very kind to send donations after the appeal went out in the Times.

"One lady came round with an envelope. I didn't open it until she had left, it had £50 cash inside, incredibly generous."

Readers also dropped donations off to the Times office in Sidcup - one anonymous donor leaving £100 in cash for the charity.

Diana Elvin, of Pickhurst Rise, West Wickham, sent a cheque in for £20 and said: "Eddie always comes round if there is a problem. Most frequent are foxes with dreadful mange and he has dropped off some homeopathic tablets. I really don't want to face even a short time without the backup of Willow Wildlife."

An outbreak of botulism has put the pair under more pressure as water fowl are being wiped out in droves at some of the region's most picturesque spots.

Eddie Williams has been trying to save birds at The Tarn, Mottingham, and lakes in Eltham and Lee that have been hit by the deadly disease.

Hot, humid weather exposes mud, thought to be responsible for the outbreak.

Mr Williams called on Eltham fire station to do a mercy mission and pump water into The Tarn to boost water levels.

Pat Williams said: "It's such a shame, the lake is beautiful and the residents have tried so hard to attract people there.

"Whole populations on a lake can be wiped out inside a week."

She said Greenwich and Lewisham councils have been notified about the outbreak.

To donate visit: www.willowwildlife.co.uk or send cheques for Willow Wildlife Rescue to: Willow Wildlife Rescue, 75 Walden Avenue, Chislehurst, BR7 6EL. Alternatively, drop donations off at Kentish Times Newspapers, Roxby House, Station Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA15 7EJ.

martin.sawden@archant.co.uk

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