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Ollie, who was rescued by Rescue Animals of North Africa, finds a home with the Wright family of Oakham who also adopted Grace from the charity in 2015




A Rutland family who offered a new life to a dog from Tunisia have been inspired to welcome a second pooch into their home who has already had to have a leg amputated.

Donna Wright, 41, from Oakham adopted Grace in October 2015 from a life of loneliness and misery from Tunisia and she has now flourished into a therapy dog, visiting care homes in the local community.

On December 22, Donna, along with her children, Lucy, 15, and Benjamin, 18, got an early Christmas present when they picked up Ollie, a cross-breed street dog, believed to be about nine-months-old.

Ollie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310619)
Ollie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310619)

He was left seriously injured after being hit by a car in Tunisia and given just a 10 per cent chance of survival.

Thankfully, he was taken to Rescue Animals of North Africa - the same charity which helped Grace find a forever home with the Wright family.

It was through this charity that the Wright family found out about Ollie.

Lucy Wright, 15, with Olllie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310686)
Lucy Wright, 15, with Olllie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310686)

Donna, who is married and runs Meadow View Dog Paddock in Braunston, said: “Since adopting Grace, I’ve taken a keen interest in trying to help Rescue Animals of North Africa where I can.

“Unfortunately, nobody came forward to adopt Ollie so we as a family decided to adopt him.

“The kennels in Tunisia aren’t like we’ve got here and he was very vulnerable.

From left, Freddie, Grace and Ollie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310633)
From left, Freddie, Grace and Ollie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310633)

“I couldn’t bear to see him suffer anymore so we thought we would take him on.

“I felt a mixture of emotions adopting him - nervousness but we were also excited.

“We’ve always adopted for the last 22 years and rescue dogs have got so much potential because they will give you a lot of love back.

Waltersphoto (26310629)
Waltersphoto (26310629)

“Even the ones with disabilities, they are all quite capable of giving so much back.

“It doesn’t matter how disabled they are.”

After being hit by the car, Ollie was left abandoned by the roadside for two weeks before being scooped up and taken to the vets.

Lucy Wright, 15, with Ollie, Grace and Freddie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310627)
Lucy Wright, 15, with Ollie, Grace and Freddie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310627)

He had multiple fractures to one of his hind legs and X-rays showed a 3cm hip displacement.

As well as this, a huge abcess had developed on his shoulder.

The vet had originally wanted to euthanise Ollie but after some persuasion, he amputated his back
leg.

Ollie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310623)
Ollie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310623)

With physiotherapy, Ollie slowly learnt how to move around on his three remaining legs and a wheel is being found to help support him where his leg has been amputated.

Donna said he’s doing really well and getting on well with both Grace and Freddie, the family’s third dog.

Grace was adopted when she was eight months old by the family after a fundraising campaign raised £3,500 to bring her to Rutland.

Ollie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310625)
Ollie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310625)

The family had come across the orphan labrador puppy when she was just four months old on a family holiday to Tunisia.

Her mother and siblings had been brutally killed and she had also been beaten by gardeners.

On bringing her back to Oakham, Donna subsequently trained her to become a therapy dog with the charity Pets as Therapy who take pets into places such as care homes, hospitals and schools where they help with reading schemes.

Ollie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310621)
Ollie. Photo: Alan Walters (26310621)

Donna, who is now house training Ollie, also has the same ambitions for him because of his good temperment

“He’s such a gentle little soul and I can see a lot of potential in him,” added Donna.

“Grace is working with Pets as Therapy Dogs and goes into care homes but when we get her paperwork sorted, she will be visiting Rutland Memorial Hospital and I would like Ollie to do the same.”

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