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Gunton's family's thanks for community's support with pet dog Frank

PUBLISHED: 11:05 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:05 27 February 2015

Tara Rowan-Lock and her daughter Ruby would like to thank the public for helping raise funds for an operation to their pet dog Frank.

Tara Rowan-Lock and her daughter Ruby would like to thank the public for helping raise funds for an operation to their pet dog Frank.

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"Thank you to the people of Lowestoft and Norfolk - I really am so grateful!" - that was the reaction of a gracious Gunton family this week, as their beloved pet dog Frank prepares for an essential operation today.

Tara Rowan-Lock and her daughter Ruby would like to thank the public for helping raise funds for an operation to their pet dog Frank.Tara Rowan-Lock and her daughter Ruby would like to thank the public for helping raise funds for an operation to their pet dog Frank.

As previously reported in The Journal, the Rowan-Lock family issued an appeal for help a fortnight ago as they looked to raise money to fund a vital operation for Frank – a three-year-old Bullmastiff, who has been diagnosed with a dislocated left hind leg that required surgery.

And now, after holding numerous fund-raisers and receiving “wonderful” donations, the “amazing” generosity of locals has been hailed – after enough money was secured to help Frank have a brighter future.

The Rowan-Lock family, of Harris Avenue, were dismayed earlier this month when they were told that their otherwise healthy and happy dog needed a potentially life-saving operation. Tara Rowan-Lock said: “We got Frank and his sister Roxy as puppies three years ago, and they have been fantastic. We realised a few weeks ago that Frank was limping and after taking him to the first vets I was told that because of his size, the operation would cost more than £1,500 and if we didn’t have this the likelihood would be that he would have to be put down.”

She asked about a payment plan, but this was not an option. “I thought: ‘Oh my god, what are we going to do?” she admitted.

Seeking a second opinion, she contacted the Wherry Veterinary Hospital in Bungay and was told that an operation would have to be performed within two months, costing £1,200 that includes the rebuilding of his cruciate ligaments in his leg.

After starting a fund-raising drive, the family raised more than £400. Boosted by articles in The Journal and EDP, the local community has rallied round, and with a raffle, cake sale, tombola and tarot card evening, the family has now raised about £1,100 – enough to cover the cost of Frank’s operation.

Miss Rowan-Lock said: “The support we have received has been absolutely amazing. I didn’t realise just how big this would be. I work as a waitress, and someone had seen my photo and they came over and gave me £5 saying this was for Frank – people have been amazing, I can’t thank you all enough.”

Have you got a Lowestoft story? Email mark.boggis@archant.co.uk

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