Brit couple so smitten with dog in Barbados they pay £3,500 to bring it home

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A British couple spent £3,500 to bring a stray dog home from Barbados after vets told them he would not survive another 48 hours.

Georgia Harding and her boyfriend Sam Blackburn found "Simba" slumped on the side of a road looking like "just skin and bone".

It was not long before the couple were so smitten with the pooch that they wanted to pay thousands to fly him across the world to Liverpool.

Georgia, 22, told the Liverpool Echo : “We were driving and took a wrong turn and found Simba slumped on the side of the road.

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"He was just skin and bone.

“He was terrified but didn’t even have the energy to run away.

"We took him to the vet who said he was being eaten alive by ticks and wouldn’t last 48 hours, but we saved him."

She added: "Every day his confidence grew, his health improved and we could see he was in with a fighting chance.

"The couple originally found two dogs but they managed to find a home for the female dog in Barbados, after advertising them on a Facebook post.

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Unfortunately, Simba wasn’t so lucky and because he was so sick, they didn’t find him a home.

Georgia said: “I was distraught and couldn’t leave him.

“We got him chipped, treated and managed to get it sorted so that he could come home with us.”

Simba needed to be held in isolation for 21 days but eventually made it home with his new parents last week.

However, after getting checked out in this country, vets have said he has a broken paw and his options are either expensive surgery or leg amputation.

Georgia and her boyfriend have already paid around £3,500 to get Simba into the country.

The additional surgery, post operational therapy and medicine is going to cost them an additional £8,200, so the couple have set up a GoFundMe to help save Simba's leg.

So far generous well-wishers have raised £9,810.

Georgia said: “He is desperate to play and jumping around on it, so we’re in the process of getting it sorted.

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“We need to get a second opinion because the vets said surgery could fix his leg but it would cost a lot of money.

“We’re up the wall because it has cost so much money to even get him home.”

She added: “He is absolutely gorgeous. He is home safe and sounds and settling in very well, he just is dead loving and wants love.

“We only have one shot of getting it right with his leg though and we would be gutted if we didn’t try hard enough.”

To donate to Simba's vet costs, visit GoFundMe here.

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