Bobbie Batten was one of a number of good samaritans who stepped forward to help Niscinda Buck and Dippy.
Bobbie Batten was one of a number of good samaritans who stepped forward to help Niscinda Buck and Dippy. Alistair Brightman

Residents' generosity helps family

THE GENEROSITY of the Fraser Coast will be something the Buck family of Urangan will always remember.

Yesterday the Chronicle told the story of how single mum Niscinda Buck could not afford to take her injured dog, Dippy, to the vet even though she offered to pay off the bill in instalments.

Her story struck a chord with the people of the district and the Chronicle was inundated with phone calls offering donations, help and assistance to the single mum of two.

Maryborough’s Bobbie Batten was one of the first to call yesterday morning and in the afternoon she met Ms Buck at a Maryborough veterinary clinic to make sure Dippy’s medical expenses would be taken care of upfront.

Ms Batten said she was disappointed that the Hervey Bay vets had not been able to reach some kind of agreement with Ms Buck that would have allowed her time to pay for Dippy’s treatment.

Dippy underwent surgery yesterday to repair her eye, needing several stitches to fix the damage, and was expected to be back in the loving arms of her family late yesterday afternoon.

Three donors dropped off $350 between them at the Chronicle’s offices and this money has now been placed in an account at the Maryborough veterinary clinic which will cover any future expenses for Dippy.

Ms Buck said she was humbled by the support she had received.

“I had only come forward to tell the story because I thought the vets should be more compassionate in their dealings with those on the breadline,” she said.

Morris Stormount of Maryborough has also stepped in to help and he’s now paid for the dog’s follow up visit to the vet next week.



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