On the 12th of May, an abandoned golden retriever, known as Henry, was found on the Newport Beach. What was easily noticeable about this dog was that it had a huge belly, meaning that the animal was suffering from some disease.
According to Valerie Schomburg, a Newport Beach Animal Control supervisor, the growth was so big that it prevented the dog from properly moving and lifting his right leg. Therefore, the poor animal could not even go to the bathroom as dogs do.
As soon as Henry was rescued, animal control officers doubled their efforts to find a qualified veterinarian in order to establish the cause of the massive growth inside the dog’s belly.
Schomburg added that every vet confessed that never in their career had they seen something like that. However, they identified a 46-pound tumor that most probably developed in time. Furthermore, removing such a large growth would imply many possible risks and complications.
After veterinarians accounted for every possible scenario, they established that Henry was strong enough to survive a surgery that would represent a challenge for any expert.
In the end, the medical intervention was successful, and the dog recovered well. Doctors say that Henry is an eight-year-old dog full of energy and highly attached to humans. It is a clear sign that the animal belonged to someone before being abandoned.
Nevertheless, Henry’s fight is not over because officials have not determined yet whether the dog was the victim of neglect or cruelty. Plus, they still have to determine how much time was the animal left in that awful condition.
In addition to this, veterinarians will continue their investigation to establish, based on the biopsy results, whether the tumor was cancerous or not. The surgery was quite expensive (thousands of dollars), but it was covered by donations from people who wished to help Henry.
Veterinarians announced that if Henry’s health condition remains stable, he will be ready for adoption in just a couple of weeks.
It is sad to know that someone left a dog in such a critical condition without caring about it. Unfortunately, many other animals and most important, children throughout the world suffer every day because of ignorance, neglect and cruelty. It is up to us to bring our contribution and make the difference.