Staff at an animal shelter in Ohio said they found a dog dropped off on the shelter’s premises, and the dog’s former owner wrote a note instructing the dog be euthanized.
Staff workers at Gallatin County Animal Shelter and County Animal Hospital ignored the note attached to the dog, who is about a year old, and instead took him to an animal hospital to undergo surgery to remove a 6-pound tumor hanging from his stomach.
The dog, named Clyde by a shelter volunteer, underwent a two-hour surgery on Tuesday.
Hospital staff were outraged at Clyde’s condition and at the fact that an owner would wait so long before seeking help. Workers became devoted to saving Clyde, who is now up for adoption.
“He’s only a year -- way too young for a death sentence,” Shari Wyenandt, of HART Animal Rescue, told WLWT5. “I mean, he was in pain, dragging [the tumor]. It was already rupturing from being drug on the ground.”
Workers at the animal hospital think the tumor may have been growing for six months.
Now, the tumor is being biopsied to see if the dog will need further treatment.
An update on HART’s official Facebook page indicated Clyde is happy and healing.
“With how sweet he is, he will have no problem finding a home,” Wyenandt said of the shepherd/husky mix.
Read more at WLWT5.
Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.