Maisie, 10, battles pain to raise money for vets who treated family dog

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22 April 2021
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Maisie raises vital funding for PDSA vets on charity walk.

A schoolgirl with a debilitating spinal condition has walked 10 miles to raise vital funds for the vet charity that saved her dog’s life.

Ten-year-old Maisie Proctor, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, collected £800 from her four-hour walk to thank PDSA vets for providing her Dalmatian, Rio, with emergency treatment.

The two-year-old dog was taken to Leeds PDSA Pet Hospital, The Frederick Jennings Centre, after he became unusually quiet and lethargic, stopped drinking, and was straining to wee. 

Tests revealed Rio’s urethra was blocked by a urinary stone and he needed immediate surgery to unblock his bladder.

Following a complicated operation, Rio was transferred to Bradford PDSA Pet Hospital for round-the-clock care, and has since made a good recovery.

Maisie’s mum, Leanne, 32, explained that four years ago, her daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis, which causes curvature of the spine and daily back pain.

“We are so proud of Maisie,” said Leanne, who’s faced a challenging few months after the pandemic left her and her husband out of work for the first time in their lives.

“She’s raised an incredible amount to give back to the charity for its amazing work.

“We’re so grateful to the PDSA vet teams for saving Rio — he means so much to our family.” 

Despite a painful spine condition, Maisie walked 10 miles to raise funds for PDSA.