Deaf & blind Shih Tzu, covered with tumours & warts, rescued by animal welfare group

Deaf & blind Shih Tzu, covered with tumours & warts, rescued by animal welfare group

16/1/2022 3:32:00 PM

Deaf & blind Shih Tzu, covered with tumours & warts, rescued by animal welfare group

The owners 'calmly surrendered' the dog to the welfare group as though 'everything was fine'.

The staff at the clinic were also shocked to see Buddy, who was in much worse condition than the stray dogs typically brought in by the group.Image by HOPE Dog Rescue.A closer physical examination revealed that Buddy was deaf and blind, and suffered from several serious health issues.

Buddy’s testicles were abnormally-sized, which had to be removed under sedation.Image by HOPE Dog Rescue.The huge mass weighed 350g, and had likely been left bleeding and growing for more than a year.Despite all his medical conditions, Buddy is described as loving and the"sweetest little soul ever".

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he has had to undergo. A serious case of neglect When the volunteers first met Buddy, he was skin and bones, and"the smell of rotting flesh filled the room". The staff at the clinic were also shocked to see Buddy, who was in much worse condition than the stray dogs typically brought in by the group. Though the owners claimed that Buddy is seven years old, the vet estimated that he is twice as old. Buddy is also not sterilised, and the owners said that Buddy has never been brought to visit a vet. Image by HOPE Dog Rescue. Image by HOPE Dog Rescue. Multiple health issues A closer physical examination revealed that Buddy was deaf and blind, and suffered from several serious health issues. Buddy had high blood pressure, elevated kidney readings, and an open mass under his neck that that could not be removed as it is attached to major blood vessels. He had pus oozing from his gums, and some of the few teeth he had left were extracted as they were rotten. Buddy’s testicles were abnormally-sized, which had to be removed under sedation. The vet also removed countless warts from Buddy's body. They were benign tumours that have spread and multiplied over time due to neglect. Image by HOPE Dog Rescue. Image by HOPE Dog Rescue. Diagnosed with skin cancer Buddy had an obvious swollen and infected mass on his right ear which was successfully removed after a two-hour surgery. The huge mass weighed 350g, and had likely been left bleeding and growing for more than a year. The mass was found to be a cancerous tumour after further testing, and Buddy was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, which has spread to his lungs. Help with vet bills Despite all his medical conditions, Buddy is described as loving and the"sweetest little soul ever". Buddy is currently stable and healing well, and will be discharged to a foster home after a few more days of supervision at the vet's. Image by HOPE Dog Rescue. The volunteers have since reported this as a case of gross neglect and abuse to the relevant authorities. Mothership has also reached out to the National Parks Board (NParks) for a statement. To help the animal rescue group with Buddy's vet bills, email Top images by HOPE Dog Rescue. If you like what you read, follow us on