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Dumped puppy who repeatedly stopped breathing will be put down

Althea
Althea
Via Facebook

The rescue agency who stepped up to try and save a four-month-old puppy with a life-threatening condition which caused her to repeatedly stop breathing, has announced that the puppy will be euthanized.

On Tuesday afternoon, One of a Kind Pet Rescue, broke the devastating news to their Facebook followers:

It's with a heavy heart that we write this right now ...

About 20 minutes into Althea's surgery we received a phone call. This phone call was the surgeon to tell us she was inoperable.

They did not realize her condition was as bad as it was until they started her surgery. The doctor said her hiatal hernia was actually secondary to another condition, laryngeal paralysis, meaning her larynx can not open and close on her own. It was too late for our little peanut.

Althea will be crossing the rainbow bridge tonight. An amazing volunteer will be there by her side so she won't cross alone.

We can not thank everyone enough for the continued support through the time we have had this sweet girl. Any donations left over from her medical bill will be held onto for emergency funding in the future in her honor.

The pup, dubbed "Althea," was surrendered to the Chicago Animal Care and Control in Illinois over the weekend. Shortly after Althea was saved from the animal control, her rescuers realized that she had a serious problem - they wrote:

Her owners didn't bother to tell us her real name when they dumped her at CACC on Saturday night. Althea (likely a product of a irresponsible breeder) has a birth defect that pushes her stomach into her esophagus, meaning she just stops breathing randomly, turns purple and collapses, gasping for air.

Prior to the instigation of Althea's surgical procedure, the pup had been kept in an oxygen kennel to help her breathe.

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