It is a painful sight to witness a dog suffering from a huge, untreated tumor. These poor creatures endure extreme pain due to the shockingly large size of their tumors. However, there are glimmers of hope, such as the story of a dog with a massive tumor who found a second chance thanks to the kindness of his rescuers.
The dog, named Hattie, was surrendered to a shelter, where her previous owners were stunned to discover a huge tumor on her side. Instead of being euthanized, Hattie was given a second chance at life. She was taken into the care of DogRRR – Rescue, a rehabilitation center in Dallas.
A Facebook post by the rescue team revealed the horrific truth about Hattie's condition. They stated that Hattie's owners had allowed the tumor to grow unchecked for two long years, calling it "perhaps the worst surrender we have ever had to an owner." No charges were brought against them.
Despite her family's neglect, Hattie is now in good hands. Vet Ranch partnered with the rescue to coordinate Hattie's much-needed surgery.
It is striking that Hattie showed a resilient spirit, despite the trials she faced. The vet was amazed at her ability to endure the enormous hardship. “It's so heartbreaking to me that she's used to it,” the vet said in a video shared by Vet Ranch. Despite living with it, she carries it as if it were just a daily burden.
A team of veterinarians successfully removed the huge tumor during a three-hour surgery. Dr. Carey from the veterinary clinic wrote on Facebook that Hattie is "resting well" and is already adjusting to her tumor-free life.
Supporters eagerly sought updates on Hattie's recovery after her story went viral. Dallas DogRRR reported the heartwarming news that in the year following the removal of her “bowling ball-sized tumor,” Hattie had found a loving forever home.
In their post, they shared photos of Hattie in her new home, radiating content and happiness. She even had another canine companion to play with. Hattie's transformation from a neglected dog with a massive tumor to a cherished family member was a testament to the power of second chances and the compassion of rescuers.
As we celebrate Hattie's new lease on life and her loving home, it is undoubtedly heartbreaking that her previous owners did not seek medical care for her sooner. It serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible pet care and early intervention in cases of illness or distress.