A student has been left with vet bills for a whopping £10,000 after bringing home a dog she rescued from the illegal meat trade.
Natalia George, 24, has so far raised almost £9000 so far in a crowdfunding campaign but needs another thousand pounds within the week or her beloved Mishka will get put down.
The compassionate student brought the six-year-old Alsatian-cross over to England from Thailand while working for the Soi Dog Foundation which helps abused mutts.
Years of abuse and neglect, even being hit by a car, meant the poor dog was riddled with health problems when it arrived in the UK.
Sickly Mishka needed life-saving treatment and after an amputation left him with a severe infection.
He is recovering from three operations in the Royal Veterinary College in London and needs to make it to Monday in good health or else euthanasia will be the only option.
Speaking to student newspaper The Tab, Kent university Animal Biology & Wildlife Conservation second year Natalia said: “The first time I saw Mishka, I knew in my heart that he was my dog.
“I fell in love with his cheeky grin straight away.
“When he arrived he was missing several toes and had damage to his teeth from where it’s thought that he was hit in the face.”
Having maxed out her credit cards, she created a GoFundMe campaign to raise the rest of money.
Natalia, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, said: “I funded Mishka’s treatment partly through my student loan and then my own personal work.
“But when I was told by doctors I had to spend more on Mishka’s treatments or he wouldn’t survive I set up the public campaign.”
Natalia added: “Previously I had been on the verge of losing faith in humanity after witnessing what Mishka had gone through at the hands of some people.
“But seeing the hundreds of people who have donated has restored my faith in the human race.
“It’s amazing to see so any lovely people to get together and help him. I am eternally grateful to them.
“I know a lot of people would think spending upwards of ten grand on a dog is ridiculous but I’ve brought him over here and it doesn’t make sense to end his life now.
“Every animal deserves a second chance and I hope my story inspires people to never give up on their pets.”