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Dog battling against flesh disease.

A DOG has been left fighting for its life after contracting the deadly flesh-eating disease Alabama Rot.

Jonathon Lamb's 18-montold dog Bracken developed grazes on his legs after going for a walk around Low Burn hall Woods in County Durham.

But days later the wounds worsened and a concerned Jonathon and his fian cee Chloe Bowes rushed him to the vets. Bracken underwent blood tests, swabs and pictures of his sores were sent to a specialist in London, who confirmed their worst fears that it was Alabama Rot.

To prevent his kidneys from failing, he was hooked up to an IV line and rushed to a specialist hospital in Cramlington, Northumberland, to receive round-the clock care.

After a brief spell at home, Bracken - a cross between a greyhound, bearded col lie and border collie - was re-admitted to hospital for a skin biopsy.

Now, Jonathon and Chloe, from Spen nymoor, County Durham, face an anx ious wait to find out if their beloved dog pulls through.

Residential care worker Jonathon, 25, said: "My worst fear is that he takes a turn for the worse and I won't be able to be there in time before he dies on his own in the hospital."

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Bracken in his County Durham home

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 8, 2018
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