Animal-lovers rally to help owner of dog injured by car

Tilly the dog.''Uninsured pet patched up by Bicester Vets after being hit by car in Ardley.
Tilly the dog.''Uninsured pet patched up by Bicester Vets after being hit by car in Ardley.
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A dog which suffered horrific injuries when it was hit by a car in Ardley is on the mend thanks to well-wishers who donated hundreds of pounds towards vet bills.

Tilly, a two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was staying with the mother of owner Lizzie Foulds in Ardley when she escaped through a gap in the garden fence and was hit by a suspected speeding driver.

Tilly suffered multiple injuries, including lacerations, swelling of the brain, and a pelvis broken in four places.

Although Tilly was uninsured, kind-hearted staff at Bicester Vets have allowed Lizzie to pay the bill, which is currently at around £1,500, in instalments.

Well-wishers have so far donated around £650.

Lizzie, who works as a care assistant in the Banbury area, gave her thanks to all those who donated after seeing an appeal on Twitter and Facebook last week.

She added: “It’s been a very hard week since everything happened. Bicester Vets have been fantastic, and they’ve been very good about letting people donate £5 or £10 towards the bill.

“Tilly’s looking much better and she’s now at home, but she still needs to have regular check-ups.”

She is advising all owners of uninsured dogs to make sure their pets are covered as soon as possible.

Jane Shepherd, of the Algernon Trust animal sanctuary in Whittlebury, said it is vitally important for owners to make sure pets are insured.

She added: “It’s awful when something happens and people are faced with a very difficult choice.”

To donate, contact Bicester Vets on 01869 252077. Well-wishers can also follow Tilly’s progress via the Help Save Tilly! group on www.facebook.com.