A rescue puppy that underwent a series of operations to correct a debilitating bone deformity has found a home just in time for Christmas, thanks to a leading animal charity.

Mrs Ballinger and daughter Stephanie with their puppy, Molly.

Bichon-cross Molly came to Wood Green, The Animals Charity, in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire in August.

She had medial patellar luxation, which caused both her hindlegs to dislocate constantly.

The charity started an emergency appeal to raise the £5,000 needed to carry out corrective surgery, and thanks to the generosity of donors and local residents, the funds were raised in less than 24 hours.

Over the past three months Molly underwent surgery and rehabilitation on each of her back legs, while under the constant care of the Wood Green surgery team and her foster carer Jan Tufnail. 

Finally, on December 19, she was fit enough to leave the care of Wood Green and go home with her new owners Gillian and Leslie Ballinger from North Somercotes in Lincolnshire.

Mrs Ballinger said her husband spotted Molly on the Wood Green website and thought she would make a great companion for their Airedale terrier Chiloh and a new friend for their seven-year-old daughter Stephanie.

Following Molly’s first weekend in her new home, Mrs Ballinger said: “It’s almost as if we’ve had her for years, people have commented on how comfy she seems at home. 

“She gets on really well with Chiloh and likes to go and snuggle up with him. Thank you so much to everyone at Wood Green, we’re now all looking forward to a wonderful family Christmas at home.” 

To find out more about some of the dogs looking for loving homes this winter visit www.woodgreen.org.uk/rehome/dogs

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