AN animal-lover has been overwhelmed by an incredible response to her fundraising plea to help save the life of rescue dog Ando.

Heidi Bennett, of Peake Avenue, Kirby Cross, brought pooch Ando over to the UK after he was rescued from a Romanian “kill shelter”.

When he first arrived Ando was underfed and weak with a skin condition, but has made a miraculous recovery in Heidi’s car.

But he recently developed a limp and was diagnosed a diseased hip joint – needing a £3,000 operation to save his life.

Heidi tried to remortgage her home and take out a loan to fund the operation but was turned down, so issued a desperate plea for help in the Gazette.

And she has been blown away by the response, with donations now reaching £2,300.

She said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness that people have shown. It is humbling and touching."

Heidi has organised a fundraising event in a bid to raise the rest of the cash.

It will be held at De Koffs wine bar in Connaught Avenue, Frinton, from 7pm on June 20.

There will be a raffle and entertainment will be provided by singer Tracey Moorhouse.

Entry will be free, but people can pay for raffle tickets and donate cash on the night, with all proceeds going towards Ando’s operation.

People can donate to the cause online at

Cash and raffle prizes can also be donated by calling Heidi on 07760575218 or visiting her at 21 Peake Avenue, Kirby Cross.