Officers with the Newport Beach Police Department were having a pretty normal day until they happened upon a golden retriever walking alone.
Thinking that he might be lost or a stray, they decided to approach the dog, and they were then hit with a massive surprise. The dog had a massive tumor that was interfering with his walking abilities and dragging him down.
They quickly discovered the tumor weighed 46 pounds, nearly doubling his body weight. Many veterinary surgeons were apprehensive about removing such a massive tumor for the poor canine.
“Most vets that we’ve asked and have been involved in his story have never seen [a tumor] that big,” Valerie Schomburg, an animal control supervisor with the Newport Beach Police Department, noted about the surgery. “He has so much love and life to live that we wanted to give him a second chance.”
They eventually managed to find an expert that helped take care of Henry’s tumor. With the help of donations, the surgery and all other medical bills were paid off as well!
Henry, which has been found to be about 7 or 8 years old, has become a little celebrity in his community and is proof that all dogs are worth time and care. The young dog is stronger and healthier than ever and will be living a long life in a happy home!
Newport Beach police conducted an investigation and eventually found Henry’s owner, Sherri Haughton. She was arrested and charged with cruel and dangerous neglect.