10th Jul, 2020

Dog attacked with machete and dumped on beach in Sri Lanka given lifeline by Warwickshire couple

Editorial Correspondent 17th Sep, 2019 Updated: 17th Sep, 2019

A DOG attacked with a machete and dumped on the beach in Sri Lanka has been offered a lifeline by a Warwickshire couple.

The pup was found on a beach with a terrible wound to her side before being taken in by a local charity. Rescuers believe she had been attacked by her owners in a bid to get her to leave them alone.

After visiting Sri Lanka twice in the past two years and supporting several dog charities in the country since, Laura Kearns and James Pedley read about the young dog’s plight on social media.

Despite several appeals to find her a home in her country, no one came forward and the dog was set to be put back on the streets.

Observer journalist, Laura, said: “We followed her ordeal and after speaking to the charity, knew she would die if she went back on the street.

“She was owned before meaning she has no road sense, and is so friendly would end up following the wrong people and the same thing could happen again or worse.

“The charity is so stretched it cannot keep her, and no one else would take her, so days before she was due to go on the streets we said as a last resort we would adopt her – although we do not take lightly the idea of flying a dog to the UK.

“We know some may say there is enough dogs in this country, and we know that – I spend most Christmas mornings volunteering at Dogs Trust – but we are this girl’s last hope and could not sit by and do nothing.”

Now the dog has gone to a foster home where she has had her vaccinations and will wait three months before coming to her new home.

She has been named Kandy – after the city she is being fostered in, where the couple also stayed briefly during their last trip.

But with the expense to get her to the UK tipping £1,000, the pair are trying to raise the money to pay for flights, vaccinations, her travel documents and other associated costs.

They are holding a fun day at the site of chef James’ street food van, and have also set up a fund-raising page.

James, who is also a drummer in local rock band Luna Kiss, said: “Dogs in Sri Lanka are often treated badly and we want to give Kandy the best life here. We cannot wait to get her home now.

“We would be so grateful to anyone who could help with our appeal to get her to the UK.”

The fun day is being held at JP’s Kitchen, Coventry Road, Exhall on Saturday September 28 from 3pm. It includes street food, games, raffle, glitter face painting, bouncy castle to name a few.

Visit www.gofundme.com/f/help-bring-kandy-to-the-uk to donate.

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