Terminally ill man’s ‘best friend’ faces losing paw after pit bull attack leaves him in agony

Terminally ill man’s ‘best friend’ faces losing paw after pit bull attack leaves him in agony

By Kirsty Feerick

A little dog could lose his leg after being attacked by a pit bull while walking with his owner in Maryhill.

John Stone, who suffers from a terminal heart condition, scooped up little Buddy and tried in vain to protect him when the beast pounced.

As the terrified pet cowered in his arms, the vicious dog managed to sink its teeth into a paw.

The 53-year-old, from Caldercruix, rushed Buddy to the vet immediately after the frightening attack last February, and initially was confident he’d recover from the nasty injury, the Daily Record reports.

However, almost a year on John says his beloved dog is still in agony and he faces either finding £4,500 to pay for specialist treatment or having the leg amputated.

John said: “We were out walking Buddy and halfway home we saw this pit bull running and charging at us looking to get at Buddy.

“As soon as we seen this we lifted Buddy up to keep him safe but it was charging too hard and got Buddy’s leg.

“There was blood gushing everywhere.

“The vet said Buddy’s leg would knit back together over time but that was 11 months ago and it hasn’t.

“They said the only thing they could do was keep giving him pain relief or amputate his leg, but I don’t want that.

“There is a vet in Stirling that could help save his wee leg but it’s at a cost.

“We didn’t have Buddy insured as we never thought this would have happened, now all in the vet fees and after care come to around £4,500.”

But John is begging for help to save the two-year-old pet’s leg as Buddy is helping him deal with his own health issues.

John suffers from left vertically heart disease which will see his health slowly deteriorate.

He first became unwell in May 2017, but over the past six months his condition has deteriorated rapidly.

But he insists Buddy improves his quality of life and now wants to repay him by fixing his leg.

John said: “Buddy is very important to me, he is the best friend you could ask for.

“I got him two years ago to take my mind off of my heath

Doctors have put in a pacemaker to help as I’m not suitable for a heart transplant.

“I am finding doing things more difficult now I been told that my health will not improve but I will continue to deteriorate.

“But Buddy gives me that look of love and he takes my mind off of what I am going through and what’s to come.

“He was such a fun loving wee thing, always playing and up to mischief all the time, now he just sits and looks so miserable and cries with pain.

“I just want to make this wee guy’s life is better.”

Well-wishers have now rallied round to help John and Buddy by donating to his fundraiser.

He has reached £1,585 of his £4,500 target on Gofundme and hopes more people will feel generous to support him.

John claims the owner of the pit bull was let off with a warning and despite offering to cover vet fees at the time, has not come forward since.

You can donate to John’s fundraiser by clicking here.

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/terminally-ill-mans-best-friend-19751830

 

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