Dog owner grieving for her brother told her pet cannot be saved after heart problem diagnosis

A dog owner has spoken of her second heartache after being told her pet cannot be saved from his heart condition.

Monday, 25th April 2016, 3:23 pm
Updated Monday, 25th April 2016, 5:43 pm
Linda Stubbs dog Dusty is in need of a heart bypass

Linda Stubbs was bought Dusty the shih tzu by her family has she grieved for the loss of her brother Paul, who died of lung cancer last year aged 57.

Now the mum, who named the dog after her brother’s nickname, has been left devastated once again after she was told the dog’s heart condition cannot be repaired by treatment or surgery.

Paul Stubb, who died of cancer last June.

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She had launched a Just Giving campaign to raise the £2,300 she thought she would need to find to cover the cost of a heart bypass, with the funds already donated used to cover the cost of checks.

Linda, who is originally from Hartlepool and now lives in Orchid Gardens, South Shields, has sent her thanks to those who helped back her appeal.

The 54-year-old, who is mum to Holly Lee Rendell, 22, Lisa Brown, 34, and Amanda Stubbs, 37, said: “When we got the scan done they said there’s nothing they can do for him.

“I’m absolutely devastated and I think it’s going to bite that my brother has gone. But no money or operation can do anything for Dusty.

Paul Stubb, who died of cancer last June.

“It was a blur when they were explaining it, but he’s got breathing difficulties and the blood is going back round his heart and they can’t give him beta blockers.

“It’s just a matter of time before he has an embolism.

“I’m going to give him the best quality of life I can in his final days.”

Linda, whose brother lived in Hartlepool, has sent her thanks to those who donated through the Go Fund Me fundraising page.