AN appeal has been launched by a charity in the Dursley area to help a young British bulldog who can't breathe properly.

Doris is suffering from Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (or BOAS) which causes her to have difficulties breathing.

The four-year-old, is currently a resident at Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home near Slimbridge, and before arriving at the charity, spent a long period living in a cold and dirty kennel outside.

Staff say she arrived with a long list of medical complications, her skin was sore, her claws were overgrown and she was incredibly dirty.

She has been described as a “gorgeous girl” who loves to go for gentle strolls and enjoys back scratches.

However, because of her struggles with breathing, Doris’s exercise has been restricted as it causes her so much discomfort. 

A fundraising appeal has now been launched as she needs two surgeries as well as neutering which will cost the small charity in excess of £1,000. 

Gazette Series: Anna Simmonds from CDCH with poorly pooch Doris who needs two surgeries and has been described as a “gorgeous girl” Anna Simmonds from CDCH with poorly pooch Doris who needs two surgeries and has been described as a “gorgeous girl” (Image: CDCH)

It is hoped Doris will soon have a BOAS surgery to help enable her to live more comfortably and improve her quality of life significantly.

This includes removing the excess tissue causing obstruction along the airway, thereby widening the passage for airflow and allowing her to breathe more easily. 

She also requires cherry eye surgery. A condition where the third eyelid gland protrudes, causing discomfort and potential vision problems

Anna Simmonds, animal care assistant said: “Doris is a cheerful and goofy girl who hasn’t let her unfortunate start to life dampen her spirits at all. 

“She's a loving and affectionate dog who enjoys stretching her legs and exploring. 

“She will benefit greatly from the surgery necessary to make her life more comfortable. 

“We all look forward to the day when she takes that first easy breath of air!”

Shannon Clark, animal care assistant said: “Doris is the best! 

“She's a strong girl and the most affectionate and loyal companion. 

“She has such a zest for life despite her unpleasant start in life, these surgeries will be life changing for her. 

“She desperately wants to run around and play, and I can't wait for the day we can extend her walks with friends!”

You can donate to the appeal here -