A distraught Aberdeen dog owner fears her cherished pet might have to be put down after it was hit by a mystery illness.
Yvonne Lawrie has spent hundreds of pounds in a bid to get to the bottom of Mitch’s condition but is now desperately appealing for cash to help pay for an MRI scan which costs £1,500.
The 29-year-old has had a prosthetic leg since childhood and says the 11-year-old collie has helped her cope with her disability.
However, the University of Aberdeen graduate has been unable to take her dog out for a walk since it first fell ill just before Christmas.
Miss Lawrie has been told Mitch could have a form of meningitis or spinal cancer, both of which are potentially life-threatening. She said she may have a tough decision to make if his condition did not improve.
She added: “He can walk, but he’s unsteady on his feet and he doesn’t want to get up.”
Miss Lawrie was born with a birth defect, known as proximal femoral focal deficiency, which meant her femur did not grow properly and subsequently affected her hip bone.
She walks with a limp and said leaving the house was an anxious experience without her canine companion.
She added: “He gives me a lot of confidence because I can feel people looking at my limp but, when I am with Mitch, everyone just pays attention to him.”
A donations page has been set up at www.gofundme.com/help-get-mitch-walking-again