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Pictured Louie at the vets. A devoted dog owner sold her car so she could afford £17.5k life-saving surgery - for her chihuahua. See SWNS story SWSYchihuahua. Jac Williams, 54, flogged her Nissan Qashqai for around £15k so little Louie could go under the knife. The pooch, 10, was diagnosed with mitral valve disease in 2020 - which can be deadly without surgery. Fearing she would lose her beloved pet, Jac, from Wareham, Dorset, sold her motor and dipped into her inheritance so pay for pioneering procedure. Louie is doing well following the August 8 operation and his owner says she has no regrets - despite the cost. Jac, who is retired but used to work for the RSPCA, said: "I started to see a decline in Louie's health. "But he's only 10 years old and chihuahuas can live to 16 or 17 years old. "I asked what our options were and the vet mentioned there was a surgery but it was quite new and very expensive and very specialised. "The operation itself, without all the scans, was £17,500. "Although it was an awful lot of money, I thought I owed it to him. He's such a sweet little dog, I love him to bits.