A 10-year-old girl has helped raise £600 for a dog that was so badly abused and neglected he is now blind.
After hearing about Nori, an akita saved by Lainy Meechan of Corby, 10-year-old Lottie Gayne and her mum Laura turned up at Lainy’s door to meet them.
When our sister paper the Northants Telegraph first reported on Nori’s story in April, Lainy, who nurses abused dogs and horses back to health, said it was one of the worst cases she had ever seen in 40 years of rescuing animals.
Lainy said: “Lottie wanted so badly to meet Nori and she did.
“This lovely young lady had such a way with him and he loved her.
“To see a child with such respect for an animal was such a joy.
To Lottie, Nori was not just a disfigured face, she kissed his face and cuddled him
“To Lottie, Nori was not just a disfigured face, she kissed his face and cuddled him, it was so sweet to watch, tears did well up in me.”
After the first meeting, Lainy said they would meet again and the next time she heard from Lottie, she had great news for her.
Lainy said: “Her mum got in touch as Lottie was so taken by Nori, her heart joined his and his plight for a good quality of life.
“This amazing child had contacted a USA cancer fundraising charity who make and sell jewellery to raise money for special cases.
“Lottie told them about Nori and with her will and their help, they have raised over £600 for Nori’s laser.”
Nori’s recovery has included having to learn to use his sense of smell and hearing again.
The abuse he suffered left him with both retinas detached and the veins in his eyes burnt out so he will never see again and he still has an indent on his head from where a chain used to be.
But despite this, Lainy described him as ‘one amazing dog, a fighter with so much love.’
And Lainy can’t thank Lottie enough for her support.
She said: “l had a cry tonight as it is times like this that I realize such love is about, even in such young children.
“After what had happened to Nori in his past, it is the Lotties of this world that show him he is so loved and wanted.”
She added: “A huge thank you to Lottie from the bottom of my heart, you are an inspiration for all to show you can make a diffrence and from Nori, a huge lick.”
But Lottie is not the only one who has supported Nori on his road to recovery.
Lainy added: “Thank you to all who have helped Nori, you have restored my faith as when I met him, it was again destroyed by what bad humans can do.
“A huge thank you to every one of you.”
To follow Nori’s progress on Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/NORIS.STORY?fref=ts.