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Plucky puppies need £12k for eye op

Brave pup: Arnold has
his lashes plucked by
the vet, but they grew
back in days PICTURES: SWNS

A FAMILY of puppies need surgery costing thousands of pounds due to a rare disorder which makes their eyelashes grow abnormally thick.

The eight Labrador-Jack Russell cross puppies — Treacle, Harry, Chloe, Arnold, Susan, Gareth, Snitch and Titch — are being cared for at a sanctuary after they were handed in by their owner.

Volunteers were concerned to find out that six suffer from the genetic condition distichiasis.

Arnold, the first to be diagnosed, was taken to the vet to have his lashes plucked to stop them rubbing on his eyes and causing ulcers. It was hoped that surgery could be avoided due to the health risks associated with it, but the eyelashes grew back in a matter of days. A JustGiving appeal was set up to raise £2,500 for Arnold’s operation. It is likely he will need to have each lash and follicle removed.

Treatment: Six of the eight pups at the animal sanctuary, including Harry, share the rare genetic condition which makes their lashes grow too thick

Now five more of the 11-week-old pups have started to develop the condition, with varying degrees of severity. A spokesman for the Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary in Bristol said: ‘Harry, the beautiful tan puppy, will be keeping Arnold company this week at the vet’s while he also has the plucking procedure carried out. We now understand that the total may run into multiple thousands of pounds.’

An appeal for the other pups has now been started to raise £12,500.

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