This dog had a family before being abandoned on a Newport, California, beach, as if being homeless wasn’t bad enough. In addition, a growth on his side caused him to carry an additional 46 pounds.
Henry, the dog, was found wandering the beach by a kind stranger who notified Valerie Schomburg of Newport Beach Animal Control. Nothing could have adequately prepared the NBAC rescuers for Henry’s appearance. They were accustomed to rescuing stray dogs in deplorable condition.
The tumor was so large that it prevented him from walking by pressing on his right front leg in the shoulder region. Not only was he having trouble finding food, but also getting around.
Despite the numerous obstacles Henry had encountered in such a short period of time, he maintained a zest for life. He was always cheerful and had a wagging tail, and he adored everyone he met. Henry would slobber on anyone who approached too closely.
With the assistance of grants, Schomburg was able to raise enough money to pay for Henry’s surgery to remove the massive tumor. Even though the tumor was malignant, it did not spread.
Henry felt as if a heavy burden had been lifted from his shoulders after a successful operation. After the removal of the tumor, he weighed 78 pounds and was able to walk with ease. After undergoing surgery, he moved in with a foster family through the Newport Beach Animal Shelter and eagerly made up for lost time.
Henry became a local celebrity after the media picked up his story, and he now has fans all over the world. People from all over the world brought him gifts and snacks to express their gratitude for being moved by his story.
Henry died peacefully in his sleep, but not before experiencing love for the first time and making the most of his time on Earth. His radiant grin and constant tail wag demonstrated his boundless enthusiasm for life.
Although his passing is tragic, some good has resulted from it. After conducting additional research, they were able to identify Henry’s former owner. Following her indictment by the OC District Attorney’s Office, her criminal case is still ongoing.
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