The RSPCA in Suffolk has issued an urgent appeal as Chilli the pug needs an expensive but vital operation and a new home to settle into. 

Chilli is a one-year-old black pug who arrived at the RSPCA Suffolk Central Branch in Martlesham when her previous owner was no longer able to look after her.

Even though Chilli is a "young, playful pug," according to animal centre manager Zoe Barrett, she has a couple of health issues that will need to be operated on - at the cost of around £3,000.

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Due to the flat face that is common in pugs, Chilli will need an operation for her Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS).

"Dogs with BOAS can suffer from breathing problems and can have trouble coping with heat and exercise," said Ms Barrett.

"Currently Chilli is unable to walk for long and she struggles with her breathing, which can be distressing for her and her new owners.

"Having this operation will mean that Chilli will be able to begin to live a life free of health issues, with a wonderful new family - something she thoroughly deserves."

Ipswich Star: Chilli has two health conditions that will need operating onChilli has two health conditions that will need operating on (Image: RSPCA Suffolk Central Branch)

She has also been diagnosed with a bilateral luxating patella, which makes walking and any other exercise extremely difficult.

The centre is appealing for funds to pay for Chilli's operations and has set up a fundraising page on JustGiving.

Ms Barrett added: "Chilli is a sweet and excitable little girl, who is so full of beans.

"She enjoys being in the company of her favourite people and loves a quick game of fetch with her stuffed toys.

"Due to her current health state, Chilli can only manage short walks, so will need a new family who understands this and are happy to engage Chilli in lots of brain games at home to keep her occupied.

"She will also need owners who are home most of the time to help her with her training."

Due to her health, Chilli cannot currently be rehomed with other dogs, but this could change in the future. 

More information about Chilli can be found on the RSPCA Suffolk Central Branch website.