Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Janey Lets the Dogs out - but She Treats Them First

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Janey Lets the Dogs out - but She Treats Them First

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter

ANEWCASTLE vet fighting to save street dogs in Sri Lanka will feature in a BBC documentary tonight.

Janey Lowes has won national recognition for her work which was inspired by seeing first-hand the state of homeless animals while on holiday to the sunshine isle.

The 28-year-old has since dedicated her life to saving suffering dogs which would have died without her treatment and care.

And the dramatic transformation of one dog, which she named Badger, will be revealed in Monday night's episode of Inside Out in scenes set to move viewers.

Janey received a Point of Light award last year for her inspiring volunteer work, prompting the then-Prime Minister to praise her "true compassion".

David Cameron also pointed out that by inoculating strays from disease she was similarly protecting "countless people" from rabies, which is a huge risk in Sri Lanka.

In 2015, the vet, who is initially from Barnard Castle, led a small team in neutering hundreds of animals and vaccinating more than 1,300 dogs, cats and even monkeys against the disease.

Prior to that she had been working at Westway Veterinary Group in Newcastle when she decided upon her life-changing role.

Inside Out shows her at work in Sri Lanka where many of its 3m street dogs are either sick, infested with fleas and mange; have been injured by cars or cruelly treated.

Westway donated around PS10,000 to help Janey set up a charity, WECare, to fund her work in introducing veterinary care to the island in the Indian Ocean where many people could not understand the importance she attached to the life of the strays.

We need to After 18 months without a salary, and with no money to be made over there, Janey returned home - and continues to do so for a month each year - in order to boost the coffers through a spell of working at her old practice which also helps with fundraisers.

local staff and rent on buildings, transport Then it's straight back out to Sri Lanka and her team of two paid local staff and three volunteers. She has her heart set on setting up Sri Lanka's first fully-equipped, purposebuilt animal hospital which would cost around PS250,000. …

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