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Centre for disabled animals to open in Lincolnshire - and there's already a waiting list

Victoria Bryceson wanted to set up a centre after meeting two severely disabled dogs

Paul McAuley

Posted 2 months ago ago

Victoria Bryceson with six-year-old Ella who was found wandering the streets of Egypt paralyzed from the back down

A centre for disabled animals is set to open in Lincolnshire – and it already has a waiting list of hopeful pups.

Victoria Bryceson secured 7.5 acres of land in Morton, Gainsborough, to open Miracle’s Mission Rehabilitation and Rehoming Centre for Disabled Animals.

She hopes to have the centre up and running before the end of this year.

It will “provide dedicated care for the most vulnerable dogs and cats through veterinary assessments, MRIs, surgeries, the fitting of prostheses, and doggy wheels”.

Victoria, originally from Carlisle, said: “The site is absolutely perfect. It has a bungalow, a derelict cottage that could be rebuilt in the future, a further large useable building, two sheds that need rebuilding and seven acres of land.

“The fact that it has a bungalow built already on it means that we don't need planning permission which is a huge bonus, as every other piece of land without buildings already on that we’ve applied for preplanning permission has been rejected.

“And the amount of land is absolutely amazing – the dogs would be able to run free all day long.”

The 32-year-old wanted to set up a centre after meeting two severely disabled dogs at an Egyptian animal society.

Short on funds, the animal society asked Victoria to care for the two German Shepherds, Batel and Lara, who needed medical attention.

She said two-year-old Batel ‘couldn’t walk more than a couple of steps’ after having one of his front legs cut off and his toes removed from his other front leg.

Before and after photos of Batel

But that’s not all as both of his back hips were dislocated and as a result of abuse and his paws will forever be covered in scars.

The vet said euthanasia was his best option – but Victoria refused to give up on him.

He is now able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg and is set to undergo surgery on his paws and a skin graft on his stump leg.

The other dog, two-year-old Lara was unable to walk at all after being born with either deformed back legs or stamped on as a puppy, it is unsure which.

The advice was to euthanise her but Victoria took her home to try physio for a month. It started to help her to walk around but only for about 40 seconds at a time.

After finding a specialist, little Lara underwent an operation on both of her back hocks and had a metal plate and nine screws inserted into each one to stabilise them.

Before and after photos of Lara

Victoria added: “Now when she stands up, her feet do not buckle under her so it is easier for her. She no longer drags her legs and can walk with much more ease.

“She walks with straight legs as her knees are the wrong way around and her hips are also dislocated.

“The specialist will try to help her knees next but we need to see if she gets enough muscle recovery in her legs first with more physio as to whether this is a possibility or not.

“She is far from walking like a normal dog, very short distances only at a time but she can now do things like walk to the car herself, chase a ball for a short distance, walk up to play with other dogs so her life has already dramatically improved so much.”

About 90 per cent of disabled dogs seen by vets are euthanised unnecessarily – but Victoria is continuing to work towards decreasing that percentage.

To help with this, she launched Miracle’s Mission and the crowdfunder, Disabled Animal Centre - Let's get it up & running, which has raised more than £16,000 so far.

This money will go towards the new centre, creating a sensory garden and buying educational toys to provide proper mental and physical stimulation for the animals.

She added: “Some people may not be aware that dogs who have wheels and prosthetics can live as good a life as a fully able-bodied dog.”

Victoria, who already has a waiting list of disabled dogs, cannot help them until she is able to finance the centre - her current target is £20,000.

You can donate to Victoria’s appeal here and get in touch if you would like to organise fundraising on their behalf here.

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