Usually, a day on the beach is filled with surf, sun, and swimsuits but not for one beachgoer in California who was abandoned on the beach by his owner.
When Henry, a golden retriever, was found on a California beach by animal rescuers they were not sure what to do with him. To everyone's shock, Henry had a 46-pound tumor on the side of his belly, you couldn't miss it. The tumor was so large that his legs were struggling to support his body, and made walking nearly impossible for the poor guy.
Henry was reported to animal control because beach goers were concerned for the dog and knew he needed immediate help. Newport Beach, Animal Shelter Control Officer, Valerie Schomberg suspected that it was a case of neglect and that the owner dumped the dog on the beach because they didn't want to pay or couldn't afford the veterinary fees.
"He couldn't move around very much, but definitely still wanted to live life," Schomburg says. "He would bark, wag his tail, and then when you got close, he gave you kisses. His zest for life was still there. He was just weighed down a little."
Despite this enormous mass on his belly, Henry was a happy-go-lucky pup who loved life.
Valerie was determined to help Henry. She was able to get a $500 grant, which covered the cost to have the tumor removed. After surgery, Henry is a much healthier dog weighing 78 pounds.
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