Depressed dog goes ‘blind overnight’ but owner needs £8k for Christmas op

A heart-warming campaign has been launched to help a blind and depressed dog see again in time for Christmas.

Diabetic Siberian Husky, Storm, went blind almost overnight two months ago and has “not been himself” since, according to his owner Frank Sparkes.

Frank told Grimsby Live that he wants his eight-year-old dog to have his eyesight back for Christmas a costly operation on his cataracts would set him back a cool £8,000.

He said: “He went blind almost overnight due to the cataracts.

“I know some dogs cope well after going blind but Storm has been struggling – he's just not the same dog.

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"It has taken a toll on Storm as he is very depressed.

"He has not been himself. He just sleeps and bumps into doors and walls. It's been very heartbreaking to see.

“Very lethargic and lays on the floor in the kitchen most days. Having to get his insulin levels right has also been an uphill battle.”

After seeing the painful demise of his pooch Frank decided to do all he could to restore Storm's eyesight, even if it meant asking for help.

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Given the expense of the operation quoted to them, Frank and his wife set up a fundraising page in the hope of raising £4,000 which would be enough for one eye.

“But, the Blue Cross have assured us with the right surgery he will be able to see again.”

Animal lover Frank's concern for Storm first grew after watching him bump into trees in Weelsby Woods, Grimsby, whilst on one of his regular walks.

He said: “Storm has always been a bouncy beautiful husky and to see him so lethargic and depressed is heartbreaking.

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“For him to be able to go on walks and not bump into things would mean the world to us.

“It's been so hard every day waking up at 6am to inject storm's insulin and making sure the dosage is correct.

“For him to be able to see again knowing that all it would take is an operation, I would almost do anything to make that happen.

He said: "If we can just get one eye operated on it would be the biggest Christmas present we could ever ask for.”

Money donated to the GoFundMe page goes straight to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield who have been made aware of Storm’s situation.

Frank's GoFundMe page had raised more than £740 by Friday morning.

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