The RSPCA in Coventry has launched a fundraising appeal for a dog who survived being in a hot car – but now needs a heart scan.

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Shortly after coming into the RSPCA’s care over the summer, two-year-old Sheldon was diagnosed with a grade 5 heart murmur – which urgently needs looking into further to find out what is causing it.

The heart scan will cost £1,000 – and the RSPCA’s Coventry branch, which is ran independently from the national RSPCA, is hoping animal-lovers will help by donating towards the cause.

Danni Holder, kennel supervisor at the Coundon Wedge Drive centre, said: “Sheldon has already been through so much and now we have found out he has a heart murmur, which is something we really need to look into further.

“Unfortunately the cost of a heart scan is very expensive and as we are a branch which is financially independent from the national RSPCA, it is a huge sum of money for us.

“There are a few possible causes behind his heart murmur which may eventually require an operation, but at the moment we are taking one step at a time.

“Sheldon is an amazing little lad who is only two years old and we want him to have as long a life as possible. He really needs our help.”

Sheldon is the second dog at the RSPCA’s Coventry branch this year to have a heart condition – the first being Molly, a terrier whose story captured the country in January this year.

Molly urgently needed a pacemaker to treat her heart condition, however the operation came at a cost of £2,500. Her story was picked up by local and national media, and as a result the funds were raised within three hours of the appeal going live.

Aptly, she had her operation on Valentine’s Day and has now fully recovered.

Danni said: “We can’t thank our supporters enough for what they did for Molly, who is now loving her new lease of life! Unfortunately we now have another dog with a heart condition who also urgently needs our help. Any donations which will help give Sheldon a second chance at life will be very gratefully received.”

To donate, visit virginmoneygiving.com/fund/sheldon.