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A couple from Maidstone have started a £2.5k fundraiser to give their dog a chance of walking again after living on the streets for five years in Romania.

Angela Courtis-Lee, 43, and her husband Anthony, 48, need to get Teddy an MRI scan to see if he can get his mobility back.

Teddy in his garden playing with his toys

Teddy is a five-year-old fluffy mix of Corgi and Collie and has spent his entire life in the streets of Romania looking for food and shelter.

The couple found out about him via a Romanian dog rescue charity page online. The pup was brought to the UK through the organisation and was picked up by his new family in London a month ago.

He's now spoilt him with lots of salmon bones and his much-loved tummy tickles.

The couple got told Teddy was left with a few scars from his rough life in Romania.

His back and leg problems were most likely caused by a gun shot and he sadly had two old untreated fractures that have self-healed due to no vet care in Romania.

Teddy with his owner Anthony Picture: Angela Courtis-Lee
Teddy with his owner Anthony Picture: Angela Courtis-Lee
Teddy is currently on wheels to help with his walk Picture: Angela Courtis-Lee
Teddy is currently on wheels to help with his walk Picture: Angela Courtis-Lee

He also had sores on his bottom and back paws as he needed to drag himself along the ground in order to move around.

Despite all examinations, the vets are still unable to pinpoint the exact cause for Teddy's condition and therefore need to conduct an MRI scan to find answers.

In the meantime, Teddy has been practising his walk on a wheelchair which was donated by the dog charity Angela and Anthony are supporting through the fundraiser.

The charity, Winston's Wheels, was founded by Rachel Wettner, who lost her nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Winston to cancer.

Before receiving his wheels, Teddy would bravely attempt to walk but needed to be picked up after only 10 minutes.

Teddy with his owner Angela Picture: Angela Courtis-Lee
Teddy with his owner Angela Picture: Angela Courtis-Lee

His owner Angela said: "It’s like his head and front want to go and move, but his back doesn’t want to follow.

"When this happened we got in contact with Winston’s Wheels, who kindly donated a wheelchair to us."

"Fortunately, Teddy has been making progress, as he has been slightly walking more every time he goes out and his wounds are slowly healing."

Angela and Anthony hope the MRI will be able to trace the right path for Teddy's full recovery.

She said: "We just want to have the answers to be able to help him because we can see that he wants to do it.

Teddy loves spending time in the garden Picture: Angela Courtis-Lee
Teddy loves spending time in the garden Picture: Angela Courtis-Lee

"Our Teddy Bear is such a loving dog - he deserves it. He’s been through so much and he’s only five."

The Maidstone couple have raised £490 so far and hope to get the community's support to help Teddy enjoy his life more.

Click here to make a donation.

Escaped animals, unusual finds and news from the RSPCA can all be found here.

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