Appeal for Murphy, the brave little dog


A CROSS-COUNTY appeal has been launched on behalf of a brave little dog who has been inspiring vets and animal lovers here in Fermanagh and across the north west.

Murphy was recently found in a ditch with a badly broken leg, which he lived with in agonising pain for weeks.


Unfortunately, due to the extent of his injuries, Murphy lost his front leg, but that’s where his story takes a happier turn.

After the extent of Murphy’s injuries were realised, Maria Smith from the Cherrytree Farm Animal Welfare Advocates in Dowra, just across the border in Leitrim, Tara Lafferty from Animals in Donegal Aid Sanctuary in Rossnowlagh, and Angie Dodd from Angie’s Ark Rescue in Dublin were all recruited to come to his aid, which is exactly what they did.

The trio enlisted the help of Vets for Pets in Derry, where he was given the best of care until being discharged yesterday (Tuesday) to a foster home in Cavan, close to the Fermanagh border.

When x-rays revealed how badly Murphy’s leg was broken, they had no choice but to remove it.

“Murphy’s doing really, really well,” said Tara.

“He’s a model patient. Everybody has fallen absolutely head over heels for him. The leg had to be taken off at such a height on his shoulder the pain is completely gone.

“He was walking about with staff at the vets, who have been wonderful. He’s managing very, very well.


“Hopefully in the next two or three weeks he’ll be running with seven other dogs in 30 acres with goats and horses.”

Tara, Maria, Angie and all those who have fallen in love with Murphy have launched an appeal to pay for the six-year-old’s vet bills, which currently stand at around £400.

You can donate by calling Vets for Pets on 71314420 and referencing ‘AID MURPHY’ or by donating through Paypal at

Tara said they were also seeking “an amazing home” for Murphy, to spend the rest of his days. If you think your house could be his forever home, get in touch with Tara or Maria.

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