Hawthorne was the unwanted senior who sat at a shelter with a huge tumor.
Nobody wanted this senior emaciated dog with a huge tumor on his scrotal area. He sat in a cold kennel at a crowded shelter. Alone and scared in Johnsons County, Kentucky.
Without rescue this stray would be euthanized because the shelter does not have the resources to care for him. A local rescue group, The Arrow Fund, rushed to the shelter just in time to transport the senior dog to the emergency vets.
Upon arrival doctors discovered he had a body scale of 1 out of 9. This is the worst emaciation they have seen this year. His body is covered in open sores, internal and external parasites and a huge mass in his scrotal area. Doctors found he has sludge in the gallbladder, an enlarged prostate, a grade 2/3 heart murmur and thickened intestines.
Emotionally he is a wreck. Hawthorne does not make eye contact and does not wag his tail. After pacing and trying to lay down he finally rested and his rescuer, Rebecca, was on the floor with him gently petting his fragile body. It will take time to show him humans can be trusted.
The plan now is to try get him on a feeding plan to address emaciation and malnutrition so he is strong enough to undergo the intricate surgery to remove that large tumor.
UPDATE 5-19-19: Ok friends prayers are needed. Surgery to remove the large tumor is scheduled for tomorrow. Hawthorne has clearance from the cardiologist to proceed with surgery, although risky. Please continue to support him. This surgery is expensive for rescuers.
UPDATE 5-22-19: Hawthorne Update. Surgery to remove the large testicular mass was postponed due to him testing positive for Babesiosis, a tick borne disease that affects the red blood cells. He was immediately put on 2 medications for this and his PCV jumped from 23 to 31 in about 16 hours.
UPDATE 5-23-19: The Arrow Fund has worked around the clock and Hawthorne's surgery to remove the huge tumor from his body was a huge success. He is recovery well considering how fragile he still is. He is being warmed up with a bair hugger. Doctors will continue to treat his Babesiosis as he recovers from surgery.
UPDATE 6-4-19: Hawthorne is home from Blue Pearl after recovering from surgery to remove his tumor. When he first came to rescuers he would not even make eye contact. Now he is all wags! He is loving being in his foster home with his foster brothers and sisters! Rescuers will still continue to treat Hawthorne for Babesiosis (a tick borne disease that affects red blood cells) as he recovers from this surgery.
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The Arrow Fund
The Arrow Fund provides medical treatment to Kentuckiana animals who have been the victims of torture or extreme forms of abuse and neglect. By highlighting these cases, we strive to educate the public regarding the ongoing problem of animal cruelty and the need to strengthen Kentuckiana's animal welfare laws.