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article imageAbandoned dog on SPCA doorstep has massive tumor removed

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 25, 2011 in Odd News
A dog with a tumor on the side of its head the size of an egg was abandoned in Vancouver, B.C., Canada on Dec. 23, 2011 and while the unknown owners are being criticized, their actions saved the animals life.
The dog's owners, whoever they may be, were clearly hoping to get the sick animal help as they left it on a leash tied up near the doorway of a British Columbia SPCA. The SPCA say the dog is a six-year-old Maltese-poodle mix and she was found at the clinic's doorway when staff were leaving work.
"She was there, not with a collar, just with a leash loosely wrapped around her neck, a little pink sweater, a booty and a bandage covering her big tumor, which was the size of an egg," Kim Monteith, a staff at the SPCA clinic told a reporter for CBC news.
Abandoned Dog Gets Surgery
As the CBC reported, SPCA vets decided emergency surgery was required to remove the tumor and save the dog's life. The dog was whisked into surgery and the SPCA reports the operation a success. They say the dog is doing well and should have a full recovery.
The animal also had dental problems and an ulcer in one eye and vets at the clinic are dealing with those issues, too. Further, Monteith said her hair was badly matted and her toenails overgrown and she showed other signs of having not been well cared for.
Abandoning Dog "not acceptable"
Monteith noted they are aware the owners may have found themselves "financially strapped" and felt abandoning the dog was the best manner of ensuring she got help. However, she said it's not "acceptable" to simply abandon a pet and added that they intend to try and locate the owners; she didn't indicate they would do so to charge them but rather to find out what happened.
"I think we all 'get it' when we're financially strapped but we still have to take care of them and find some way, whether that is giving them to the SPCA to care for or borrowing some money or asking your vet for assistance, just anything," she said. "You cannot leave them like that. It is just not acceptable."
To reflect the time of year she was left with, SPCA staff named the dog Holly.
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