The family of French bulldog Koda have praised North Devon Animal Ambulance for saving his life and enabling him to go home.

Frankie has been inseparable from Koda since his return home. Picture: Ian CooteFrankie has been inseparable from Koda since his return home. Picture: Ian Coote

The charity has been caring and helping to rehabilitate the two-year-old for weeks after he injured his spine in a freak accident and lost the use of his back legs.

Now at last he is back home in Fremington with owners Ian and Roxy Coote and their sons Cassidy, eight, and Frankie, one, who dote on the little dog and were devastated when he was injured.

Ian told the Gazette he is still receiving extensive physiotherapy and cage rest, but vets are hopeful in several months he could make as much as a 90 per cent recovery.

The family are also hugely thankful to all the people who supported and shared their crowdfunding campaign and sent their best wishes.

On Sunday (August 26) they will get the chance to meet Koda at the Paws for Thought family fun day on Westward Ho! green being held in support of the animal ambulance.

There will be various activities including a children’s play area, arts and crafts, dog treats and grooming, plus facepainting, stalls and a number of animal welfare charities on hand to help raise awareness.

Ian said without the help of NDAA’s Diana Lewis, volunteer vet Brian Crawford and all the volunteers at the charity, he did not think Koda would be here today.

He has been seen by a specialist at Langford in Bristol, and also Simon Thompson of Charter Vets in Roundswell, who Ian said has prescribed gentle exercise of soft terrain, but felt further specialist treatment wasn’t necessary.

Ian said: “From the bottom of our hearts we thank the animal ambulance for all they have done.

“10 weeks after we nearly lost our Koda Bear we have been given hope that he can have a long and happy life at home with his family where he belongs.

“The ongoing commitment they made was incredible, he had someone in front of him every day giving him physio and the volunteers were taught how to use his harness and would walk him four to five times a day.

“We are also incredibly grateful to everyone that shared the fundraising link, donated or wrote to wish us well.”

*** Anyone who would like to support or donate to North Devon Animal Ambulance can go to its fundraising page .