100 people raise thousands to save dog

4 January 2011, 13:23 | Updated: 4 January 2011, 13:26

More than a 100 people have clubbed together to save a dog facing a death sentence.

They've raised the £2,500 needed to pay for the cost of an operation.

Now greyhound Swift Tornado, known as Nado has been saved from being put down.

The four year old's chances of survival were almost nil when he broke his hind hock racing in Bedfordshire and the track vet decided it was irreparable.

But the charity, Greyhound Rescue West of England (GRWE), which covers Beds heard about the dog's plight and stepped in to save him

A further visit to the vet revealed that although the hapless hound had suffered significant damage to his leg joint, it could be repaired by fitting a plate.

But with the cost at an estimated £2,500, the charity's reserves would not stretch to paying for the treatment.

So more than 100 friends and supporters, including actress Jaye Griffiths, who has starred in Bugs and The Bill, rallied round and took part in a fundraising walk and lunch raising £2,372.

Greyhound rehoming officer Graham Crick described the fundraiser as a "Christmas miracle" and said: "We couldn't have raised the money to cover Nado's operation without the help of so many people."