Meet Tara - the dog with no front paws who refuses to let it hold her back

Zoe Hare, left, and Kelly Hare, of the Norfolk charity Safe Rescue for Dogs, are raising funds for prosthetic limbs for Tara, a Romanian dog who had to have her front paws amputated after being poisoned. With them is Martin Pearce who is doing a sponsored skydive with Zoe. Picture: Denise Bradley Zoe Hare, left, and Kelly Hare, of the Norfolk charity Safe Rescue for Dogs, are raising funds for prosthetic limbs for Tara, a Romanian dog who had to have her front paws amputated after being poisoned. With them is Martin Pearce who is doing a sponsored skydive with Zoe. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, March 17, 2014
12:37 PM

A dog which had its front paws amputated after being poisoned and left in the street to die, is getting new prosthetic limbs.

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Zoe Hare, of the Norfolk charity Safe Rescue for Dogs, who is doing a sky dive to raise funds for prosthetic limbs for Tara, a Romanian dog who had to have her front paws amputated after being poisoned. Picture: Denise BradleyZoe Hare, of the Norfolk charity Safe Rescue for Dogs, who is doing a sky dive to raise funds for prosthetic limbs for Tara, a Romanian dog who had to have her front paws amputated after being poisoned. Picture: Denise Bradley

Tara, a three-year-old Beagle-cross, was rescued from Romania in December by Norfolk charity Safe Rescue for Dogs and had to be operated on after poison caused gangrene in her legs.

Now healing from the operation and walking on her stumps, Tara should be ready to have the prosthetics fitted in the next month – but they will cost the charity £2,800.

“When they picked her up, she had been lying in the street for a week in a horrible state,” said charity founder Kelly Hare. “Her puppies had died and she had just been left to die. She must have been in agony.”

After the operation, Tara, who is described as “friendly, good with children and a lover of attention”, will become the charity’s poster dog.

Zoe Hare, of the Norfolk charity Safe Rescue for Dogs, who is doing a sky dive to raise funds for prosthetic limbs for Tara, a Romanian dog who had to have her front paws amputated after being poisoned. Picture: Denise BradleyZoe Hare, of the Norfolk charity Safe Rescue for Dogs, who is doing a sky dive to raise funds for prosthetic limbs for Tara, a Romanian dog who had to have her front paws amputated after being poisoned. Picture: Denise Bradley

“We have rescued her from tragedy and given her the best life possible,” said Miss Hare. “She is probably one of the worst cases we have had.”

A supporter of Safe Rescue for Dogs has already given £2,000 to the appeal and the charity hopes to raise the rest of the money through a skydive. Miss Hare’s sister, Zoe, and colleague Martin Pearce will take to the skies at Ellough Airfield near Beccles at noon on March 28.

Safe Rescue for Dogs was set up in September 2011 to care for dogs and cats across the world that have suffered neglect, abuse and torture at the hands of humans. Started by Miss Hare in her front room, the charity is based at Poringland and has dogs in foster homes across the UK.

If you would like to help raise money for Tara’s new limbs, visit the Facebook page ‘Zoe/Martin jump from plane for Taras legs’.

Or make a PayPal payment by using the email address saferescue@hotmail.co.uk

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