A PUPPY found abandoned at the Ricoh Arena has been named ‘Pet of the Month’ by an internationally-renowned veterinary surgery.
Young labrador-staffie-cross, Ricoh, has won ChesterGates Veterinary Specialist’s highly acclaimed title of Pet of the Month in recognition of his bravery in recovering from surgery to correct a severe deformity to his front leg.
The pup was found wandering near the Arena in March by a kind-hearted member of the public and taken to YourVets24 on Herald Avenue, Whoberley.
Discovering he suffered from hypertrophic osteodystrophy – a serious bone condition which caused him severe pain and left him unable to walk properly – the surgery decided to reach out to Coventry residents via social media to help fundraise nearly £2,000 for vital corrective surgery.
Having raise the cash, the surgery contacted Professor John Innes from the internationally-renowned orthopaedic facility at ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists in Chester to perform the tricky procedure.
Veterinary surgeon at YourVets24, Michelle Smith, who offered to foster Ricoh until a new ‘fur-ever’ home can be found for him said: “Ricoh had suffered a trauma to his growth plates which had led to an angular limb formation.
“His surgery involved a closing wedge on the radius and an ulna oestectomy.
“Professor Innes is my personal hero and I was delighted that he conducted the operation on Ricoh who is now recovering well and will soon be ready to find his forever home.”
In recognition of his bravery in the face of such pain and in keeping a happy, positive disposition in the face of such adversity, ChesterGates’ awarded Ricoh the coveted Pet of the Month title.
It is hoped that once he is ready for rehoming the once-abandoned Ricoh can find a loving new home.
For more information on the criteria required to rehome Ricoh, visit the YourVets, Coventry Facebook page.