Wealthy Couple Under Fire After Using GoFundMe To Collect For Dog’s Surgery

As vet bills surpass $10.5K, Edward’s pawrents ask Instagram followers for help

By Justyne Yuen-Lee

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Credit: Instagram / @edward.lear

Richard Huntington and Annabel Bird run an Instagram page for their Welsh Terrier, Edward Lear. The page has over 10K followers and showcases the luxurious life of Edward, wearing designer dog fashions and frequenting five-star hotels. One thing is for sure, Edward’s followers love seeing everything he does and engaging with him. In the beginning of January, it became clear that Edward needed surgery for “elbow dysplasia in his front leg and also torn cruciate ligaments in his rear legs.”  Huntington and Bird did what many folks do in these situations, they set up a GoFundMe with the goal of raising £7500 ($10.5K USD) to cover three surgeries with celebrity vet, Noel Fitzpatrick of Supervet.

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Over 22 days, 219 people donated to the GoFundMe, raising over £5300 ($7500 USD). Those who didn’t donate, however, bashed the couple as “shameless.”

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Credit: Instagram / @edward.lear

It appears that Richard is the chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi with a rumored six-figure salary. Annabel, not to be outdone, runs Bleak House lifestyle company and enjoys her own generous pay check.

Responding to criticism, Annabel clarified that the couple’s insurance had a limit of £4000 and that they were left with bills of an excess of the £7500.

Additionally, she wrote on the GoFundMe site:

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“Thank you again to everyone who contributed to Edward’s GoFundMe. Unfortunately, his page has received some negative press because of who my husband Richard works for. As you know, this page was set up for our friends and family and those of mine and Edward’s Instagram followers who kindly asked to donate money to help with his recovery.

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