A broken-hearted rescue dog was given a Valentine’s Day gift of life after undergoing major surgery at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service after a fund-raising appeal reached its target in just three hours.

Fun-loving Molly, a five-year-old terrier cross, had a pacemaker fitted on February 14 after being diagnosed with third degree heart block, a condition which meant her heart was beating too slowly and would have eventually killed her if left untreated.

The two-hour procedure to fit the pacemaker was funded by an appeal to raise £2,500 by the RSPCA’s Coventry branch – where Molly is currently being homed. Kind-hearted donors backed the campaign to such an extent the target was reached by lunchtime of the day the appeal was launched.

The intricate operation was carried out by Chris Linney (pictured above with Molly and her lucky charm), head of cardiology at Willows, a state-of-the-art animal centre in Solihull.

He said: “Molly had a dangerously slow heart rhythm and without the operation the outlook for her was far from certain. It’s still a fairly uncommon procedure to fit a dog with a pacemaker and, of course, Molly’s story has really captured people’s imagination, so there was a bit of added pressure.

“The operation was challenging due to her small size but it went according to plan and Molly is recovering really well. The whole team has fallen in love with Molly, she is a fantastic dog and has been an absolute star during her time with us.”

Molly, who has previously featured on Channel 5 documentary series The Dog Rescuers after being taken in by the RSPCA, has already overcome a severe skin condition which took her months to recover from. Now, her guardians are hoping she will get the ‘happy ever after’ she richly deserves.

Danni Holder, kennel supervisor at the RSPCA’s Coundon Wedge Drive centre, in Coventry, said: “We are extremely grateful for everything the veterinary team at Willows have done for Molly.

“She is a lovely dog and we’ve heard everyone at Willows has fallen in love with her – just as we all have at our animal centre!

“The operation means Molly now has a new lease of life. We think she will get re-homed really quickly, which will be the icing on the cake for her and complete a remarkable story.”

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