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Saturday 21 April 2018

Mutilated greyhound needs €4.26k brain op to save his life

George Anderson with Norman at a rally in Belfast last year to protest against animal cruelty
George Anderson with Norman at a rally in Belfast last year to protest against animal cruelty

Rebecca Black

An animal charity has urged the public to open their wallets to save the life of a dog that was subjected to cruelty before his lucky rescue.

Norman the greyhound was found with his ears hacked off and severe head injuries consistent with having been beaten.

Apparently, he'd been subjected to the barbaric mutilation to remove any trace of the owner ID tattooed on his ears.

When he was found on the Ballycraigy Road near Newtownabbey, Armagh he also had burn injuries on his legs and underside consistent with being thrown from a moving vehicle, and was starving.

Norman was taken to Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary, where the charity's chairman George Anderson fell in love with him and brought him home for a pampered life.

However, Norman's injuries have caught up with him and he needs a £3,000 (€4,260) operation to survive. Now aged three-and-a-half, he is on heavy medication and suffering seizures, which are becoming more frequent.

"He has been on medication since January 2014 on a very, very high dose, but his condition has deteriorated and he is having more and more fits," Mr Anderson told the Belfast Telegraph.

"On Monday he had four fits and again on Tuesday he had four fits. These cluster fits are very hard on his heart. He is now on diazepam."

Mr Anderson spoke to a vet who has discovered specialist surgery in England can help Norman by drilling into his skull to relieve the pressure causing his seizures.

"Hopefully this will relieve the fits," he said. "At the moment he is on so much medication, and greyhounds are unusual in that it is harder for them to metabolise medication, so that is also a worry."

The surgery will cost £3,000. The charity has already raised £1,400 through an online appeal. Now it wants to take the campaign wider via the Belfast Telegraph to help raise the rest of the money.

"We have raised money so far just through our Facebook page but we want to try and reach people who maybe have not heard about this yet or don't use Facebook," he explained.

As for the people who caused Norman's injuries in the first place, Mr Anderson said efforts have been made to try and trace them, but there has been no success yet.

"Officials came up from Dublin to take dna to try and track down the former owners, but we have heard absolutely nothing so far," he said.

To donate to help get Norman his operation log on to or telephone the Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary on 028 9446 3993

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