Big-hearted townspeople in the north-east have raised more than £1,000 to help fund the recovery of an injured puppy.
Four-month old Kai, a Yorkshire terrier, was found critically injured after being allegedly hurled over a 6ft wall by a 20-year-old man in Peterhead last Sunday.
The next day, his owner, Michelle Mackie, rushed Kai to Glasgow’s animal hospital for treatment where it was discovered the pup suffered a fractured skull.
She now faces medical bills of up to £4,000.
But a fundraising page created for the dog has attracted the interest of almost 800 people and raised £1,357 to cover her costs.
Last night, Ms Mackie, who only moved to Peterhead from Greenock in October, said she had been taken aback by the support from strangers.
“It’s really overwhelming,” said Ms Mackie.
“I’m not from Peterhead, we’ve only been up here since October. Because I’m working through in Dyce I’ve not really had the chance to meet anyone or get to know anyone,
but the kids have made friends through school. The support we’ve been getting has been really, really overwhelming.”
Kai, who has not been able to use his hind legs since the alleged attack, is still in Glasgow receiving treatment.
Doctors there have suggested that it could be weeks before his condition drastically changes.
Ms Mackie added: “They’re hoping to move him from ICU into the neurology ward tomorrow, so he is improving. They don’t think there will be a relapse and he’s been feeding well. Certainly, nothing is deteriorating, so that’s a good sign.”
Police charged a man with Kai’s assault last week and he was set to appear in Peterhead Sheriff Court.
He was released, however, without making an appearance in the dock following a review.
The Crown Office has said that his case is now under consideration by the Procurator Fiscal.