SUFFOLK: New home for Harvey the Labrador

HARVEY the Labrador is enjoying a new life with devoted owners after hip replacement surgery changed his future.

The loveable pup was in constant pain with hip dysplasia having been brought into the RSPCA’s rescue centre at Martlesham last summer after his owners could not cope with his boisterous nature.

But thanks to generous donations by East Anglian Daily Times readers, Harvey underwent vital surgery and now is enjoying a brand new life with devoted owners Teresa and Clive Landymore, in Chedburgh.

“He is absolutely beautiful,” Mrs Landymore said. “He has the perfect nature. The neighbours all love him. He’s so loveable.”

The couple first read about Harvey’s plight in the EADT last July, when an appeal was launched to fund his surgery.

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And once they saw the playful chocolate Labrador, now 15-months-old he won their hearts.

Thanks to �3,000 raised by readers, Harvey had a hip replacement operation and is now recovering well and bounding with energy.

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Delighted with their new friend, the couple have treated him to his own orthopaedic mattress and even splashed out on a new car, dubbed the ‘Harvey mobile’ which is easy for him to jump into.

“People were absolutely wonderful,” Mrs Landymore said. “They really have given him a new lease of life.”

But the RSPCA’s Suffolk East and Ipswich Branch, the centre where Harvey was nursed back to health, faces a funding crisis.

The centre, which has rehomed thousands of sick, mistreated and injured animals over the past 40 years costs �1,000 a day to operate.

But the branch’s committee says cash will run out in just 80 days.

“Without the centre, we wouldn’t have Harvey,” Mrs Landymore said. “The staff have been absolutely fantastic.

“We will continue to support them and I hope other people do too because, without our help, they can’t survive.”

To donate money to support the centre contact Kate Grimwood, branch administrator, on 01449 614057 or email katebranch

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