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Charity to the rescue in Seymour dog poisoning incident

A four-month-old Tallarook puppy has survived rat bait poisoning thanks to the quick thinking of Seymour Central Vets staff and a little-known charity called the Pet Medical Crisis Fund.

RANDALL JOHNSTON May 15, 2013 4:00am

Up and about: Four-month-old Great Dane cross 'Bella' has been given handed a lifeline.


The Great Dane cross Bella’s owner Anthony Dudley said he was so happy he still had her in his life.

‘‘I just want to say thank you to the Pet Medical Crisis Fund for their help in Bella’s recovery,’’ he said.

The cost of treatment was $1600, a sum Mr Dudley was not able to simply pluck out of thin air.

The drama all started when Mr Dudley put rat bait under his Tallarook home.

‘‘We put rat bait under the house and she must have got under the house and got into one of them.

‘‘She was just lying around and didn’t look right, so we took her in (to the vet).

‘‘When they said they could help but it would cost $1600 I didn’t know what to do, but luckily the vet had heard of a charity that helps people who can’t afford to get their pets the medical treatment they need at short notice in an emergency.’’

‘‘They (the Pet Medical Crisis Fund) put up a $500 deposit to the vet and I’m paying the rest off in instalments.

Pet Medical Crisis Fund founder Jennifer Hunt said she was glad the fund had been able to help a lot of people who have found themselves in a similar situation to Mr Dudley, since its inception about two years ago.

‘‘Bella is the 92nd pet we have been able to help save in the past two years,’’ she said.

Pet Medical Crisis Fund received an urgent call from Seymour Central Vets in dire need of help about three weeks ago.

Bella had been given to Mr Dudley for his 21st birthday a month ago and they had quickly developed an enormous bond.

‘‘Anthony’s younger brother said he’d seen Bella with a dead mouse a couple of days ago and this morning they were dreadfully worried that Bella had ingested some rat bait.’’

Seymour Central Vets Dr James Harrington saw Bella who appeared tired and inactive and he prescribed Vitamin K, antibiotics and worming tablets.

Mr Dudley took Bella home and an hour later to his horror she collapsed.

Anthony just broke down in tears.

Unable to drive through his tears Mr Dudley asked his Dad to drive them back to the clinic but they simply could not afford to save her despite Dr Harrington allowing him to take up a payment plan.

No one had room to move and with Bella’s life in the balance the Pet Medical Crisis Fund were able to donate $500 to enable treatment to start immediately.

In an unbelievable act of kindness, one of the nurses has a Great Dane and offered him as a blood donor.

So with intravenous therapy, vitamin K and a blood transfusion the young pup survived and is now in good health.

Tax deductible donations can be made to Pet Medical Crisis Fund online at

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