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Pup blinded by dye now happily adopted

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WINNIPEG—A dog blinded after a child in a northern Manitoba community rubbed hair dye in its eyes has a new lease on life.

In February, Percy was flown south to Winnipeg after a neighbour noticed the one-year-old Jack Russell terrier-Chihuahua cross had been in extreme pain for three days.

Percy was diagnosed with a condition that causes the cornea to thicken and fluid to build up in the eye.

With care from Manitoba Underdogs Rescue, he underwent a short surgery and had his left eye removed.

Percy has regained sight in his right eye and has been adopted by Jessica Thompson, a dog lover and behavioural therapist working at Canada’s Canine Academy.

She said Percy fits well with her family of pets—four dogs and two cats.

One of Percy’s new cat brothers, Bill, also has one eye, and they get along swell.

“Percy is a high energy, very driven, very funny dog, who is fearless and tireless and ready to go, go, go and go some more,” Thompson said.

She added he doesn’t seem to have any ill effects from pain inflicted by the hair dye.

The rescue group got so many donations for Percy that all of his vet bills were paid, as well as those of three other dogs, said Deanna Klippenstein, MUR’s foster co-ordinator.

In other animal-related news, a man has been sentenced for throwing a garter snake across the counter of a Tim Hortons in Saskatoon.

Christopher Jordan Cook received a conditional discharge with six months of probation for mischief and causing a disturbance.

It means the 21-year-old will have no criminal record if he abides by his conditions, which include not going back to where it happened on Dec. 8, 2014.

He also has to pay a $500 victim surcharge as part of his sentence.

Cook had nothing to say about the snake-throwing incident during his sentencing yesterday.

His legal representative told the judge that Cook wrote an apology letter to Tim Hortons and donated $500 to one of its charities

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