11:00, 2 March 2015 By Helen Davies
Zack is losing his sight and needs a £3,000 operation
A desperate plea has been made to help a Liverpool student’s dog which is going blind.
Zack, a Jack Russell-Chihuahua cross, is gradually losing his vision due to cataracts in his eyes.
The four-year-old’s eyes could be saved with a £3,000 operation but his owner Katie Tarrant can’t afford it.
The 20-year-old, a second year music student at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, is now appealing for members of the public to help by donating money.
Katie said: “He’s got very slight vision but that will go. He can see shadows but it’s like having a window that someone’s slowly colouring in. The vet says he’s going to eventually go blind.”
Zack currently lives with Katie’s parents in Kent but she hopes he will move to Liverpool to live with her once she graduates and moves out of student accommodation.
She describes Zack as her best friend and said: “Everyone who meets him adores him. He’s really lovely, he’s got such a kind heart.”
Katie says her mum and dad, who both work full time, don’t have enough money for the operation due to low salaries which only cover essential bills.
The operation to restore Zack’s vision would cost £1,500 per eye.
Katie said: “£3,000 is an amount that we are just not fortunate enough to be able to afford, so anything that can be donated is truly something we will all be eternally grateful for.”
The student has already raised £300 thanks to friends and family donations and has now set up a fundraising page online.
On the page she said: “£3,000 is an amount that we are just not fortunate enough to be able to afford, so anything that can be donated is truly something we will all be eternally grateful for.
“Despite his struggles, Zack is still the happiest and most loving dog we could ever have been blessed with. He brings laughter, love and licks to anyone he meets, so please help us regain his quality of life by helping us restore the use of those beautiful brown eyes.”
To donate go to www.gofundme.com/savezackssight