A CHARITY is appealing for funds to help Boris the dog.

Two-year-old Boris is a British Bulldog who is in the care of Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Chard.

He was diagnosed with bilateral cruciate ruptures to his back legs, and is in need of surgery.

Boris was put up for re-homing as his owner could no longer afford to keep him.

The surgery is set to cost £10,000 and so the charity has set up a JustGiving page to raise funds for the operation.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary has also written to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Boris the bulldog's namesake, to ask if he would be willing to help.

CEO of Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Elaine Hayes, said: “Boris is a lovely young dog who through no fault of his own needs this surgery so he can hopefully lead a long and pain-free life.

"He is currently in foster and his foster family say he is an amazing character and full of personality.

"We are hoping that the Prime Minister – and many others will find it in their hearts to make a donation for our broken Boris.”

Ferne Animal Sanctuary also explained that bulldogs have attracted publicity lately due to their high levels of in-breeding, which results in health problems that are very expensive to fix.

If you would like to donate to help Boris, visit justgiving.com/campaign/BoristheBulldog.