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'After the surgery, she absolutely excelled' - Dog who had eyes 'chemically burnt' finds a new home

Lindsay was found three weeks ago with severely damaged eyes but has made a great recovery

Cormac Fitzgerald

Published 28/08/2015 | 12:51

Lindsay recovering after having her stitches removed Photo: Waterford Animal Welfare
Lindsay was found with severely damaged eyes
Her eyes appeared to have been chemically burnt

A dog who had to have its eyes surgically removed after they were severely burnt has found a new home.

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Lindsay, a small terrier, was found wandering in traffic in the Cork Road area of Waterford city three weeks ago by a member of the public.

Volunteers at Waterford Animal Welfare took her in and discovered that she was completely blind in both eyes after having suffered what appeared to be sudden damage to the corneas.  

She was operated on by Waterford City Vets, who had no option but to remove both her eyes.

Volunteers and vets were worried at the time that Lindsay might not be able to live properly after the operation and would have to be put down.

However, three weeks on and Lindsay is doing very well and has just arrived at her new home.

Lindsay recovering after having her stitches removed Photo: Waterford Animal Welfare
Lindsay recovering after having her stitches removed Photo: Waterford Animal Welfare

"After the surgery, she absolutely excelled," said Andrew Quinn of Waterford Animal Welfare to Independent.ie.

"We were worried about how she would feel after the operation but she sprung back - you'd swear there was nothing wrong with her.

"She's vibrant, wagging her tail, loves going for walks and she's not at all aggressive with other dogs," he said.

Lindsay has gone to a loving home with a new owner in a friendly, family environment.

When she had been found Lindsay's eyes had been severely damaged. Waterford City Vet David Thompson told Independent.ie at the time that the damage appeared to be the result of outside interference.  

"The dog had perforations in both corneas, which were horribly infected and extremely painful," he said.

"There was no real damage around the eyes or the eyelids, so something did penetrate the eyes and basically obliterated them.

"If it happened in one eye you could say it was an accident, but with both eyes it's too much of a coincidence."

Dr Thompson said that the damage could have been the result of chemical burns.

"You couldn't rule out that she got splashed by something," he said.

"It would have to be very severe and caustic to burn through the eyes like that."

Lindsey heading off to her new forever home. Loves the Dubliners and spins with the wind in her face.

Posted by Waterford Animal Welfare on Monday, 24 August 2015

Lindsay is not settling into her new, loving home with children and other dogs.

"She's a credit to herself because she just bounced back and took it all in her stride," said Mr Quinn.

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