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Has surgery at Sutterton given an abandoned terrier a new lease of life?

Hopes are high that surgery to remove a massive lump from an abandoned terrier cross is a first step towards her setting out on a happy and healthy life.

Brandy and her Yorkshire Terrier companion, Marley, were left behind by their owner to fend for themselves after their house was sold.

The canine companions are being cared for by the South Lincolnshire Jerry Green Dog Rescue at Algarkirk.

Brandy before her operation ...
Brandy before her operation ...

The first step in Brandy's care was to arrange for the removal of a lump on her back end, an operation that was performed by the South Lincs Vet Group at their Sutterton Hospital on Thursday.

Supporters donated several hundred pounds so the operation could go ahead.

The lump weighed 1.5kg - the same as three bags of sugar - and Brandy herself tipped the scales at a little over 11kg.

Brandy after surgery ...
Brandy after surgery ...

Beth Stukins, a dog welfare assistant with Jerry Green, said on Friday that the lump had not been tested to see whether it is malignant but they felt the surgery had to go ahead to at least give Brandy the chance of a happy and healthy life in a new forever home with Marley.

The centre's Facebook page revealed Brandy had a heart murmur, making the operation risky, but extensive tests revealed she was strong enough to undergo surgery.

The message to supporters continued: "Brandy faces so many challenges and we know that despite all of the veterinary staff's hard work, the outcome could still be heart breaking.

"However, we cannot sit back and not give our beautiful Brandy the chance of a happy and healthy retirement."

Canine companions re-united and snoozing side by side
Canine companions re-united and snoozing side by side

Brandy was recovering well after the operation and has now been re-united with Marley.

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