Appeal to help ‘superhero’ security dog Lolly following major operations
- Credit: Kelli Regini
As a member of K9 Security Team Lolly the German Shepherd has to be brave on a daily basis as she works to protect the community she serves.
But recent months have seen the three-year-old canine from Carlton Colville face her toughest challenge yet.
She had to undergo three major operations to remove a grass seed she had inhaled, and became trapped in her spine.
The much-loved working dog and family pet is a Level Two trained member of The National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU) a role which sees her work across the county and country – carrying out crowd control and property protection.
Lolly's owner and handler, Kelli Regini, said: 'She even worked alongside Hugh Jackman and Cara Delevingne in the recent Peter Pan film when she had to make sure nobody entered Blackbeard's gym on set.
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'I love her like a child, she is a part of our family and we work together nearly everyday and she sticks by me through thick and thin.'
Ms Regini explains that since Christmas 2016 Lolly had been weak and had not been interacting with her mother Tash, nine, and brother Kobi, three, - both of whom work as security dogs.
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And earlier this month, following the discovery of a lump, Lolly was admitted to Coastline Veterinary Surgery in Carlton Colville, to be operated on before being transferred for further surgery in Newmarket.
A subsequent MRI scan found the source of her pain to be an inhaled grass seed that had become lodged beneath her spine between two main arteries.
Due to the severity of her operations the total fee for veterinary services is £7,800, which is required to be paid within three months, and as a working security dog Lolly is ineligible for insurance.
'I am trying to raise money to help cover the vet bills so she can get back to a loving home for rest and eventually back helping the community and doing what she does best.
'She is such a dear little girl who would protect anyone – she's like a superhero and I just want her home', said Ms Regini.
To donate towards Lolly's treatment visit: www.gofundme.com/help-lolly or email: email@example.com