Fundraising effort to bring Indie to the UK

Ian Somers and Julie Courtney with a picture of the dog they want to rescue. Ref mhh 1507-04-15TI. P

Ian Somers and Julie Courtney with a picture of the dog they want to rescue. Ref mhh 1507-04-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Money is being raised by a Branscombe man to bring a stray dog - left for dead in Romania - to the UK.

Mix-breed Indie was found on the streets of Piatra Neamt, Romania, with 20 shot wounds and a broken leg.

Ian Somers learnt about the three-year-old’s plight after the animal was rescued by Garofita and Rudi Hofmann and treated in their clinic in Bucharest.

To avoid Indie being returned to the streets, Ian has joined forces with Honiton baker Julie Courtney to run a fundraising raffle to pay for the loveable stray’s passport and travel.

Ian said: “No-one would re-home him over in Romania because there are so many dogs.”

Captured dogs are kept for 14 days before being destroyed in ‘barbaric’ conditions.

The duo need £225 to pay for Indie’s passport and travel costs and are charging £1 to enter their raffle.

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The winner will net a custom made cake to the value of £100 from Julie, the owner of Courtney’s Creative Cakes, which can be ordered any time over the next year.

Julie said: “Ian is a firm friend of mine and he does a lot of fundraising.

“I have got dogs myself and it would break my heart if they went through what Indie has.”

The raffle draw will be held on Tuesday, February 3. To buy tickets, call Julie on 01404 548239.

Ian works with the dog rescue group Happily Ever After, a Bristol based charity that rescues dogs like Indie and re-homes them.

After being injured earlier this year and as an owner of three rescue dogs, Ian felt a connection to the Indie’s story.

He said: “We have given him the name Indie, short for indestructible as we feel he surely must be.

“He is a lovely friendly chap and loves people, despite what he’s been through.”

Anyone interested in adopting Indie should get in touch with Happily Ever After on 08456 34886 or visit its Facebook page.

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