It took me a few years working with the breeder to get him to end his dog breeding business but perseverance paid off this past fall. However, when I learned the former breeder was going to shoot Holly since she no longer served any purpose, I had to step in.
Over the years, I had grown fond of how sweet Holly was, despite the horrible conditions and breeding lifestyle she was living. She only received the very basics of some water (often dirty), poor quality food, a yard with little to no grass, and a dilapidated wooden dog house. I tried to go through animal control/law enforcement to get help for Holly, but there was nothing they could do in that rural area. It really hurt my heart each time I had to leave the property without her. All she ever wanted was some love and attention. Her best friend was a rooster.
Those days are now behind Holly. Since picking Holly up in December, she's been introduced to a lot of new things, made a lot of new friends, and is on track for a new life of leisure. At her first vet appointment, x-rays showed she suffered a broken rib at some point in the past which did not heal properly. Tests showed she is negative for heartworms but the mastitis she developed during her breeding days has resulted in a very large and ulcerated tumor. In addition to the massive tumor, she has smaller tumors all along her mammory line.
Many times these types of tumors are benign but Holly will have to undergo a radical mastectomy to remove all the tumors and she will require a lot of follow-up care and medication during recovery. In addition to the mastectomy, Holly will also be spayed at the same time. She is currently on antibiotics and pain pills to help with the ulcerated tumor and she has started on monthly heartworm preventative. We hope to schedule her surgery by the end of January/early February.
Because of how extensive the tumors are, the surgical procedure and recovery will cost around $2,500-$3,000. While I accepted the financial burden by taking Holly into my home, the surgical cost is a lot more than what I had expected. I would be grateful for any help to offset this surgical expense. Holly has several more years of living and my goal is to help her live those years in a happy, loving environment.
I hope you will consider helping or spreading Holly's story. Anyone who is able to help will receive updates as to Holly's progress as she welcomes a new tomorrow of happy tails.
- Kerry Henson
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- Ryan & Beth Huddleston
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