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Max the disabled dog has a new set of wheels – thanks to his neighbours

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Max the disabled dog is happy again after residents of the Suffolk village he lives in rallied together to buy him a wheelchair. Max, a Cocker Spaniel, lost use of his back legs when he fell off a bed in October and became paralysed. But the residents of Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds, raised over £850 in just 10 days to fit seven-year-old Max with a wheelchair. And now, he can enjoy his favourite walks again!

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Villager Dee Burdett, her husband Steve and Amanda Cooper, who works at the village shop Stanton Stores with Dee, decided to set up a GoFundMe campaign after seeing Max's owners struggling to walk him. "Max is very energetic and currently drags his back legs along to get around. This is a hard thing for Max to do, and very tiring but he does not give up," said Dee.

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She said she was inspired to start fundraising after chatting to Max's owner about his recovery and therapy. His owners would walk him with a harness for his back legs, which meant Max had to be lifted off the floor. His other option? A specially designed wheelchair. "We started fundraising and within 24 hours we had around £200," Dee told the East Anglian Daily Times. "We would have people coming into the shop saying they’d heard about Max and wanting to donate. Everyone has been absolutely fantastic." 

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Max is now able to move independently around the house and when he’s out and about, and most importantly, socialise with other dogs. "I decided to raise this money so the family can feel whole again. It is important to see a smile on people's faces when faced with heart ache and I think this is the way to do it," Dee added.

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