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Appeal launched to fund emergency amputation for labrador Akeira

A Lincolnshire dog charity has launched an emergency appeal to fund surgery for an 18-month-old black Labrador pup.

Akeira is adapting to life with three legs Credit: Jerry Green Dog Rescue

Akeira’s previous owner passed away before she was brought to the charity’s North Lincolnshire centre in Brigg with a severely deformed front leg owing to a car accident a year earlier.

The resulting injury fused part of her bones together causing a painful and debilitating bow in her leg as the remaining bones continued to grow. This resulted in emergency surgery to remove the leg and improve her quality of life.

The bones in Akeira's front paw had fused together Credit: Jerry Green Dog Rescue

Rebecca Issott, Centre Manager at Jerry Green Dog Rescue, explained why amputation was the best option:

Sadly Akeira hasn’t had the best start in life. After being injured in a car accident last year she never fully recovered and developed a very painful bow in her leg which stopped her from running freely and would have needed ongoing medication and surgery.

After seeking expert veterinary advice we felt amputation would be the best option to give her a pain-free quality of life. It has cost our charity £600 to fund the operation and aftercare, so we’re asking for people to help by donating what they can to support Akeira’s care costs.

She has already adapted quickly to a life with three legs and is recovering well with one of our dedicated foster carers. Once fully recovered she’ll be available for adoption and looking for her perfect partner to start her new life.

– Rebecca Issott, Centre Manager at Jerry Green Dog Rescue

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Royal praise for Derbyshire author Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel was raised in Hadfield in Derbyshire Credit: Yui Mok/PA

The Prince of Wales has told Derbyshire-born author Hilary Mantel he is a fan of the television adaptation of Wolf Hall, just days after a new book revealed that his household is nicknamed after the novel in reference to the "treacherous and opportunistic world" depicted by the writer.

Mantel, whose books about the life of Henry VIII's adviser Thomas Cromwell have been critical and commercial hits, was made a dame by Charles for her services to literature.

Success has come late to the 62-year-old, but she has more than made up for it by collecting a haul of literary honours, including twice winning the Man Booker Prize.

Excerpts from a book published last week revealed that Clarence House is allegedly so riddled with backstabbing and in-fighting that one former member of the household refers to it as Wolf Hall.

Prince Charles revealed that Clarence House is often nicknamed "Wolf Hall" Credit: Dave J Hogan/PA
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