Fire-fighter launches fundraising appeal to save husky puppy crushed by a bus in Kingsbury
PUBLISHED: 12:10 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:10 16 October 2015
A fire-fighter who saved the life of an eight-month-old husky puppy after he was crushed under a double-decker bus in Kingsbury has launched a campaign to raise thousands of pounds to treat his injuries.
Husky puppy Max was so badly injured when he fell under a bus on Stag Lane earlier this month that fire fighters initially thought he wouldn’t pull through.
Fire fighter and former husky owner Llewellyn Legall, 49, who was one of the team called to raise the bus up on stability blocks, was so moved by Max’s horrific injuries including crushed back legs and skin-loss up to his shoulder that he has raised more than £1,000 through a fundraising website to fund Max’s £5,000 vet bill.
Mr Legall, who is based at Stanmore fire station said: “We knew straight away that the dog was badly injured.
“He was in a terrible state and had actually been ‘de-gloved’ up to his shoulder, meaning he had lost all of his skin and fur down one side of his body.
“A vet was called to the scene to make him more comfortable and it was touch and go but somehow Max pulled through.
“I had a tear in my eye on the way back to the fire station, it was such a harrowing sight.”
After Max was taken for treatment Mr Legall called the vet and was told the dog’s owner was not able to afford the £5,000 bill to save him.
He joined forces with Heart Welfare, a husky rescue charity to set up a fundraising page on Justgiving.com and is appealing for members of the public to help him fund Max’s ongoing recovery.
Mr Legall added: “So far £1,000 has been raised, which has paid for his initial care, but he will only survive if we can raise a bit more for further treatment, including fixing his crushed back legs.”
Tania Poole, who runs Heart Welfare, said: “As well as recognising the firefighters who saved Max’s life, I’d like to thank everyone who has already donated money to help him.
“People have been so generous, with a couple of people donating over £100 each.
“Money raised will go straight to the vets who are looking after Max to pay for his care.”
To donate to Max’s recovery fund, visit the JustGiving page.