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Community rallies after dachshunds hit by car in Fressingfield

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Dog lovers have been coming together to help a Fressingfield mother and son after their two dogs were hit by a car, killing one and leaving the other needing major surgery.

Susie Medland’s two-year-old dachshunds, Rambo and Rose, were hit outside their family home on October 8.

Rambo died at the roadside, while Rose was taken to an emergency vet.

Susie Medland with Rambo, left, and Rose, who were involved in the accident in Fressingfield. Picture: Contributed
Susie Medland with Rambo, left, and Rose, who were involved in the accident in Fressingfield. Picture: Contributed

Susie said: “Rose is doing really well now. She has had major surgery and is in an induced coma at the moment, but she is comfortable.

“When it happened, with Rambo there dead and we were trying to tend to Rose as well, we could not see any positives coming out of this.”

The rescue dogs had been with Susie and son Jack, 10, since they were three-months-old.

Susie had pet plans for the dogs but not insurance, leaving her with vet’s bills of around £8,000 for Rose – all while mourning the loss of her beloved Rambo.

That is when Southwold Sausage Dog Walk founder Laura Baggott and fellow dog lover and friend Stuart McBurney came to her aid.

A JustGiving page was set up to cover the costs of Rose’s treatment, with Susie also selling her car and some paintings to finance the surgery.

Her plight has prompted a huge response from the dog-loving community.

She said: “I had no hope and I would never had got through this without Laura and Stuart,

“The support from everyone has been overwhelming and so lovely. Jack has taken so much comfort from the messages on the JustGiving page, reading them before and after school.”

The accident, also prompting Susie and Jack to rename their sausage dog Rose Hope, has made Susie think again about the road running past her house on Harleston Hill.

She said: “I have tried to talk to the council about the people speeding down our road before. It is 30mph but people go faster than that. I have even bought a road sign myself and put it up to try to get the message across.

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“I hope now, after Rambo’s death, that they will take a proper look at how they can slow drivers down there, so something good can come out of something so bad.”

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