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Saving Death Row Dogs: Emergency Medical Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Surgery for the dogs we took in to our rescue.

Surgery for a small Yorkie we took in from a puppy mill who had a cancerous mammary tumor. We also took in three other puppy mills dogs at the same time who needed to be spayed, and also needed dental cleaning/extractions.

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Pebbles is a small 8-lb. Yorkie. She’s about 7 years old and spent her entire life in a puppy mill producing puppies for the breeder who owned her. She had no vet care and barely any human contact. She never left the confines of the wire kennel where she birthed and nursed her puppies. The breeder agreed to give her to rescue because she wasn’t producing puppies anymore. We took Pebbles in and took her straight to our veterinarian, where it was discovered she had several mammary tumors, one of which was sure to be cancerous. Our veterinarian had hope, though. As time was of the essence, we scheduled Pebbles for surgery: a complete mastectomy, spay, and removal of all the lymph nodes. We anxiously awaited results from pathology. The results came back that the largest tumor was cancerous, but our vet was able to remove it all. No other cancer was indicated and no treatment was necessary. Tears of joy flowed. Pebbles is now all healed and has a pending adoption where she will live the rest of her life in a warm home with soft beds and a gentle hand — the life every dog deserves.

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