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Devastating diagnosis for dog who was found in skeletal condition

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On Friday, a devastating diagnosis was announced by the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society about Raphael, the dog who was found in skeletal condition last October in Camino Iglesia in Pojoaque, N.M.

The shelter announced via Facebook:

Dear friends, it is with a heavy heart that we let you know that our precious Raphael has been diagnosed with lymphoma. We will continue to do all we can for this loving soul, who has brought so much joy to so many people. He will continue to live at his foster home, where he is a member of the family and loves Claire, his foster mom.

Last October, a good Samaritan found Raphael, who weighed a mere 45 pounds at the time.

Since Raphael's discovery, he has continued to steadily gain weight and his health has shown marked improvement.

In a press release, Dr. Jennifer Steketee, the shelter’s medical director stated:

“Raphael is a happy dog right now,

His appetite remains strong and he is enjoying his life. We will continue to monitor his health and do everything we can to keep him comfortable.”

The lymphoma was discovered after a swelling was found in Raphael's shoulder; prior tests on the dog had shown no underlying disease.

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