A weight has been lifted for Henry.
The stray pup is now recovering following surgery to remove a tumor from his side that weighed a whopping 46 lbs.
When animal control officers found the dog alone in the sand on Newport Beach, they couldn’t believe their eyes.
“We got a call that there was a dog that was dumped on the beach. So when we went, we got him, and we we went, ‘oh my gosh,’” Valerie Schomburg, a Newport Beach animal control supervisor, told KTLA, who reported the story.
They found out that the massive growth was pushing on his right leg, which prevented him from lifting his leg to go to the bathroom, Schomburg said. After they took him in, animal control officers asked around for a veterinarian who could help.
“Most vets that we’ve asked, and have been involved in his story, have never seen [a tumor] that big,” Schomburg added.
There would be complications in the removal of the tumor, but vets deemed Henry — an approximately 8-year-old golden retriever — strong enough to get through it. “He has too much love, and life to live, that we wanted to give him a chance,” said Schomburg.
The tumor was removed last Thursday, a surgery which was paid for by donations, and the pup is now recovering “VERY well,” the shelter caring for him said on Facebook (it is not yet known if his growth was cancerous).
Officials tell the TV station they don’t know how long the dog was in that condition, but they do believe he was a pet at one time. Investigators are following up on leads to determine if this is a case of animal cruelty or neglect.
“Just very shocking that it got that big, and that someone wouldn’t do the right thing,” Schomburg told KTLA. “Whoever did this to Henry might have to answer it.”