A couple on holiday in Barbados fell in love with a stray dog they found in some bushes and spent some £3,500 to get the animal into the UK last week.
Georgia Harding, from Childwall, and her boyfriend Sam Blackburn, from Woolton, found the dog, now called Simba, just days away from death and immediately fell in love, reports the Liverpool Echo.
“We took him to the vet who said he was being eaten alive by ticks and wouldn’t last 48 hours, but we saved him,” the publication quoted Georgia, 22, as saying.
“We got him chipped, treated and managed to get it sorted so that he could come home with us,” she explained.
Simba needed to be held in isolation for 21 days but eventually made it to the UK.
But the animal still has a broken paw requiring either expensive surgery or amputation.
As a result, a GoFundMe account has been set up to raise cash to save Simba’s leg.
“We have already spent £3,600 of our own money getting him home and for the treatments he’s had to date. The surgery plus post operational therapy and medicine is going to be an additional £8,200,” the account, set up by Georgia Harding says.
On Friday, day three of the account’s establishment, the fund had raised £9,810.
“The organizer has currently disabled new donations to this fundraiser,” a post on the GoFundMe account page stated.