A FACEBOOK group has been set up to try to raise funds for a sick Staffie puppy.
The group ‘Lola Star’ has gathered nearly 300 supporters with people sending their wishes and donations from all over the world.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Lola Star is so sick that thousands of pounds need to be raised to pay for her treatment.
Lola, now six months old, was just 16 weeks when she was rescued by charity South Coast Staffie Rescue.
She was very weak and malnourished. The charity had only seen a video that had been sent in by a volunteer prior to accepting her. They took her on straight away as she was clearly sick.
Since then she has undergone a series of tests and the latest diagnosis is that she has fluid on the brain and laxity in her shoulders, which causes her legs to splay.
Lola is currently being looked after by a family in Titchfield on behalf of the charity.
Tina Goodenough took on the puppy when she met Lola at an annual dog show organised by the charity.
Mrs Goodenough had already rehomed Tazzy, a white Staffie pup, and was at the annual show with her dog.
‘When I saw Lola I just knew I had to look after and give her somewhere safe and loving that she could get better in,’ said Mrs Goodenough.
South Coast Staffie Rescue is run by volunteers. They rescue Staffies and help to rehome them.
Lola’s vet bills mean Staffie South Coast Rescue needs to raise £750 to pay for her treatment to date.
Founder Gina Tillett said: ‘We have been criticised for spending so much on just one puppy, but I can’t put a value on one dog’s life.
‘She’s not in pain and is just a puppy so she hasn’t had a chance at life. I couldn’t just leave her.’
The charity usually only take on dogs from the dog pound, although Lola was an exception.
Mrs Tillett said: ‘Staffies are such lovely and placid dogs, I just have to help them.’
A specialist will make a decision tomorrow on whether to operate on Lola.