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Blind Spaniel to get Potentially Sight-Saving Treatment

13 July 2015

UK - A blind springer spaniel tied to a pallet of bricks in Maidstone has a brighter future thanks to the RSPCA, Animal Health Trust and the public.

The story of Delphine captured the heart of the nation when she was found abandoned, blind and alone back in May.

The black and white springer spaniel was discovered tied to a pallet of bricks by a blue piece of nylon string with no food, water or shelter.

RSPCA inspector Tina Nash rescued the dog and rushed her to RSPCA Leybourne animal centre in Kent, where it was discovered that she was suffering from a number of health issues, including cataracts in both eyes that have left her almost totally blind, as well as ear infections.

Last week Delphine visited specialist eye vets at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), who have confirmed that although an underlying congenital condition means the sight cannot be saved in one of her eyes - it will be possible to restore it in the other.

“This is such fantastic news, and we are thrilled that Delphine may get the chance to see the world again. It will certainly help with her confidence and allow her to settle into a new home,” said RSPCA Leybourne centre manager Christine Dooley.

When her story hit the headlines in May, the RSPCA was flooded with kind members of the public offering their help and support. The charity has now set up a JustGiving page to allow people to donate directly towards the cost of her sight-saving treatment.

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