Juju Kuita was shocked when she first laid eyes on Gus.
That’s because the stray boxer, found near 24th street in Phoenix on September 11, was lying on his side with an “enormous mass hanging from his neck,” according to a press release from the Arizona Humane Society. The mass, which weighed a whopping 3.5-lbs., caused “certain discomfort and pain” for the dog.
“We see a lot of abuse in our line of work and we rescue injured pets off the streets every day of the year, but this dog was one of the worst I’ve seen,” Kuita, an animal rescuer, said in a statement. “To think that someone just tossed him out on the streets and refused to get him medical treatment simply broke my heart.”
The pup was taken to Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital where decisions had to be made about his treatment. The release said that despite obvious complications involved with operating on a senior dog, a veterinarian there decided Gus was strong enough to undergo surgery.
Last Friday, Gus’s tumor was successfully removed and more good news was on the horizon: biopsy results were negative for cancer. Gus is now at the Sunnyslope Campus located at 9226 N. 13th in Phoenix and ready to find his forever.
“Last year over 11,000 animals were treated in our trauma center, but never have I seen a tumor that big,” said Dr. Martinez. “Gus has so much love and we wanted to give him a chance at a happy life.”
The AHS doesn’t know how long Gus was carrying the mass around — and they have not determined whether this is a case of neglect or animal cruelty — but they do believe the dog was someone’s pet before he was found by Kuita.
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