A FORMER Leeds woman who had to have both legs amputated after falling seriously ill while rescuing stray dogs In Asia is set to attend a charity dog show with a difference.
Gill Dalley, who used to live in Scarcroft, is set to return to the UK for the first time in 11 years with husband John for the Soi Dog Foundation show on Sunday June 1 in Wakefield.
There will be around 60 dogs at the show, which have been rescued from cruelty and abuse in Thailand – including many rescued from the illegal dog meat trade.
The Soi Dog Foundation – which Gill, 55, and 64-year-old John Dalley helped found in Phuket, Thailand in 2003 – is now the largest animal foundation in Asia and now employes 50 full times staff.
Mrs Dalley became infected with a rare bacteria while rescuing a dog from a muddy field in Thailand in 2004 and had to have both legs amputated below the knee.
Mrs Dalley said she manages her disability well and has not used a wheelchair for many years.
She added: “It will seem very strange coming home after 11 years. It will be absolutely fantastic to be re-united with the rescued dogs that have been successfully re-homed in the UK.”
Soi Dog Foundation volunteer Suzanne Woodhead, who has organised this Sunday’s show, said: “The fun dog show will be a chance for all UK people who have adopted dogs from the charity in to get together and raise money for a new hospital for dogs and cats in Phuket.”
“It is open to the general public to make it more fun and give everyone the option to attend.”
The show will take place from 10.30am to 5pm on Sunday June 1 at Crigglestone Sports Club, Painthorpe Lane, Hall Green, Wakefield. For more information on the Soi Dog Foundation, go to www.soidog.org