In the middle of October, a pair of very neglected Shih-Tzu mix girls ended up as strays at the Manhattan facility of Animal Care and Control of New York City. Estimated to be 11 years-old, both were extremely matted and one of them, whom the shelter called Desi, had an enormous tumor hanging off of the side of her chest. The growth was so large that she was literally dragging it on the ground.
The 501(c)3 non-profit rescue, Saving Paws of Port Chester, NY pulled both elderly ladies from the shelter, which euthanizes every day, and on October 19, the rest of their lives started.
A few days ago, Desi underwent surgery to have her huge growth removed, at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, NY.
She is now doing well and is back in her foster home with her sister, Lucy. She is sore, but getting around fine, and will have to have a lot of rest over the next few weeks.
The result of the biopsy will take five to seven days to arrive.