December 10 2013 Latest news:
Franklin the puppy, that is need of an expensive corrective surgery to Achilles damage on one of his rear legs. Pictured at Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Frettenham with yard manager Stef Leary. Photo: Steve Adams
Friday, November 1, 2013
The cute factor appears to have won some glamorous assistance for this struggling six-week-old puppy, Franklin.
Three Coronation Street actresses have given their support to the young cross-breed via social media network Twitter.
Franklin was taken to Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Frettenham, north of Norwich, two weeks ago and carers at the dog rescue centre immediately realised one of his legs was immobile and rushed him to see their vet.
They believe the puppy was involved in an accident which has caused serious damage to his Achilles tendon.
Hillside has now launched an appeal for help after being told to expect a bill of several thousands of pounds for the specialist treatment needed to save his leg.
And that appeal has been given some helpful publicity after ‘Corrie’ actress Catherine Tyldesley, who plays Eva Price in the ITV1 soap, tweeted her support to her 166,000 followers.
From her Twitter account @Cath_Tyldesley she tweeted: “Hey guys please help @HillsideAnimals save Franlin’s leg #HelpFranklin #Cute”
But her support was soon broadcast to a much wider audience when one of Corrie’s best known stars, Michelle Keegan, retweeted her co-star’s message to her 1.5 million followers.
The tabloid favourite, who is dating The Only Way is Essex star Mark Wright, has shot to stardom in her role as Tina McIntyre. Just last month Keegan was voted as the ‘sexiest woman on TV’ by the readers of FHM, starring on the front cover of the magazine’s October edition.
Keegan added “please help” to her tweet, while Paula Lane, who plays Kylie Platt in Corrie, also retweeted Tyldesley’s appeal to her 100,000 Twitter followers.
Hillside founder Wendy Valentine explained: “Franklin was brought into us a couple of weeks ago and it was immediately obvious he was crippled.
“Our vet examined him and advised the surgery he needs is extremely complex and so has to be performed by a specialist. The operation is very expensive but we want to give Franklin the best possible chance of having his leg saved by having it done.
“The appeal to raise the funds needed is now underway and we’re hopeful that with the general public’s support we will be able to reach the target.”
Franklin is due for an initial consultation with a specialist on Monday. If the surgery is a success, and once he has fully recovered, the Hillside carers will then begin the search for a new home for Franklin.
Ms Valentine added: “The support from the Coronation Street actresses in bringing attention to this little puppy’s plight is very gratefully received and we are touched that they have backed our appeal.
“We have no idea how Franklin’s leg became injured. We’ll never know the true circumstances but it could have been something as simple as his owner standing on him by accident.
“We would urge people to think long and hard about taking on a dog before they go out and get one because Franklin is a prime example of unexpected costs associated with pet ownership.”
Donations can be made to the Franklin surgery appeal on Hillside’s website or by phoning the sanctuary on 01603 736200.