A DOG owner has created a fundraiser to help pay for a vital surgery for her pet.

Banksy needs a second surgery after being diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). For the surgery to happen £2,500 has to be raised.

25-year-old Holly Cowd, from Kendal, adopted Banksy after seeing an advertisement for dogs that had been rescued from Greece when he was eight months old.

Due to her struggles with anxiety and depression, she thought that getting a dog could help her. 

"I've always been closer with my pets growing up, and we have never had a dog, and I thought about the benefit of getting one for myself so I could concentrate on caring for it and going for walks every day as it would get me out of the house", said Holly.

The Westmorland Gazette: Banksy needs a second IVDD surgery.Banksy needs a second IVDD surgery. (Image: Submitted)

However since last year Banksy's health has detoriarated.

Holly said: "In February he was in pain for a week and we didn't know what was wrong with him and then he woke up one morning and he lost the use of his back legs so we took him to a specialist where he was diagnosed with IVDD.

"With a lot of care and physiotherapy he managed to bounce back to normal. However, it made some other problems more apparent including both of his back legs having luxating patellas. One deteriorated and he had surgery to fix it in May 2022. The recovery for this one was a lot harder and physiotherapy wasn't enough so we had to switch to hydrotherapy."

Since then, he has had physiotherapy and hydrotherapy sessions everyday.

The Westmorland Gazette: Banksy and Holly.Banksy and Holly. (Image: Submitted)

However in October he got worse and a CT scan revealed the slipped disc and he had surgery again.

"12 days before Christmas he literally went to the toilet and he slipped his disc again and we chose conservative rest and pain management over surgery," said Holly.

So far, more than £1,200 have been raised and more than 50 people have donated.

"I wasn't actually expecting to get so many people supporting in the first place," said Holly.

The Westmorland Gazette: Banksy.Banksy. (Image: Submitted)

She also created a TikTok account for the dog to get more attraction with the fundraiser.

"I can't imagine my life without him" she said.

"Since these surgeries I've been feeling ten times worse but he seems to be really happy with me, even when he seems really tough he shows how happy he is."

To help with Banksy's surgery donate here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/banksy-the-rescue