Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.
Last May, officers from the Newport Beach Police Department in California were shocked to discover a golden retriever wandering in the sand all alone.
Even more shocking was the massive tumor on the dog’s side, which weighed down his whole body and made walking extremely difficult.
The dog, whom rescuers named Henry, was taken to the Newport Beach Animal Hospital, where he underwent surgery to have the tumor removed.
In total, the tumor weighed a staggering 46 pounds, nearly doubling his body weight. Henry made a full recovery, and thanks to an outpouring of donations from the public, his medical bills were covered.
But there were still some questions. Whose dog had he been? Other than the tumor, he appeared to have been cared for, so it seemed likely that the poor dog had been abandoned. But by who?
Now, it seems that Henry’s former owner has finally been identified. Read on below to learn about Henry’s incredible rescue.
Note: Some readers might find the following images troubling.
The police department and local animal rescue organizations hope that nothing like this will ever happen to another animal, which is why they are urging people to seek help for sick pets rather than simply dumping them.
You can help prevent the dumping of animals by donating to your local shelter or to the SPCA so they can help people with their pets.
Check out Henry’s transformation in the video below, and please SHARE Henry’s story to show that no dog should ever be thrown away!
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