An RSPCA rescue dog who desperately needed life-saving heart surgery is due to star on the small screen in Channel 5’s The Dog Rescuers show presented by Alan Davies this week.

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Five-year-old terrier Molly had a heart block, which meant that her heart could not beat properly. Without a pacemaker, the condition would have eventually killed her.

A fundraising appeal was launched by the RSPCA’s Coventry branch in February to pay for the surgery – with the £2,500 target being met within three hours. Her heart operation was booked in for, aptly, Valentine’s Day.

Camera crews from the TV show followed Molly’s progress, and her journey will be shown on the popular programme this coming Tuesday.

The surgery was successful and she is now being cared for by foster carer Amanda Hull, in Coventry.

Amanda said: “Molly is such a sweetheart and she is back to her normal self – she is loving going out for walks and at the moment she loves sitting outside in the sun.

“She recently had to have another operation to remove her stitches so she is still wearing a bandage, but she doesn’t let this hold her back. She is such a lively dog who wants to be running around all the time. It just goes to show how much she has benefited from having her operation.”

Molly arrived in the RSPCA’s care in May last year, after her previous owner did not care for her properly. She had a severe skin condition which made her very sore and uncomfortable, and it took many months for her to recover.

Molly had her pacemaker fitted by Chris Linney, head of cardiology at Willows Veterinary Centre, in Solihull. Chris said: “Molly really was a little star during her stay at Willows and everyone fell in love with her, so it will be wonderful to see her story told on national television.

“The operation was challenging due to her small size but it all went to plan and we are glad she’s making a quick recovery and is enjoying life again.”

Molly originally featured on The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies when she was taken in by the RSPCA’s Coundon Wedge Drive centre, in Coventry, and had to overcome a severe skin condition which took her months to recover from.

Alan Davies said: “The Dog Rescuers goes behind the scenes to see the RSPCA at work rescuing dogs from neglect and abuse.

“It’s sad to see dogs suffering but always a joy when they are nursed back to health and find loving new homes.”

Molly is one of 8,009 dogs rescued by the RSPCA last year – that’s nearly one every hour.

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