Burgess Hill business helps injured dog get back on its feet

The Bio-Productions team with Eric and Bella
The Bio-Productions team with Eric and Bella

A Burgess Hill cleaning chemicals company is helping an injured dog get back on its feet.

Nine-year-old Whippet/Staffordshire terrier cross Bella was having mobility issues due to injuries sustained to her back and legs.

Now, her owner Eric Martyr, says she is ‘bounding and barking like a six-month-old pup’ thanks to the help of Bio-Productions at Victoria Industrial Estate in Victoria Road.

He said: “I had taken Bella to receive laser treatment but it didn’t do much good.

“The vet suggested that we take her for hydrotherapy sessions but the costs were adding up and it wasn’t sustainable.”

With help from his wife Cheryl, a retired science technician, Eric spotted an industrial bulk container (IBC) outside Bio-Productions’ premises.

The IBC, which is designed to store 1,000 litres of liquid, was the perfect size for a stay-at-home hydrotherapy pool for Bella, he said.

“I spoke with Phil Karn, a director at Bio-Productions, and explained why I wanted to the tub,” said Eric.

“Bella was abused as a puppy and kicked repeatedly by her previous owner. Creating a hydrotherapy pool was really our last attempt to try and restore some mobility for her.

“Through that, we wanted to give her back some quality of life – and we have.”

Eric now takes Bella on regular rehab sessions in the converted IBC which resides in his garden.

And while Bella could only manage one minute in the pool at first, she now manages to doggy paddle for a full three minutes, equivalent to three-miles of exercise, he said.

Phil Karn, of Bio-Productions, added: “Bella’s story really struck a chord with our team.

“Our whole company philosophy centres on recycling, but never before has that meant turning one of our massive containers into a pool for pooches!

“We were more than happy to help, and I’m so happy to hear that Bella’s sessions are going well and that she’s back on her paws again.”

As a thank you to Bio-Productions, Eric has donated funds to a team member’s Race for Life sponsored walk, which is set to take place tommorow (September 1).

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