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Veterinarians view x-ray, tell rescuers 'they have never seen anything this bad'

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Update 3/5/14: The person who rescued Zeus has issued a statement that he has passed away.

Zeus, the young Labrador retriever mix who was rescued from an animal control facility in Abilene, Texas, on Monday, has been examined by a veterinarian...and the prognosis is dire.

According to the Facebook page "Emma the Cleft Palate Chihuahua," after x-rays were taken of Zeus' lungs, the veterinarians declared that they had "never seen anything this bad."

The troubling x-rays help explain the dog's extremely labored breathing.

On Monday evening, Zeus, who has a massive tumor on his back, was admitted to the veterinary hospital - he is being kept comfortable with the help of oxygen and I.V. fluids.

Though Zeus' prognosis for recovery is slim, his rescuers stated:

He's just a baby ~ barely a year old.... he deserves our efforts.

Zeus was surrendered to the animal control facility on Feb. 28 after they discovered that he would require expensive veterinary care for the mass that was discovered on his back - the care was beyond their means.

According to information from Zeus' YouCaring site, the family had taken Zeus in after a friend found him as a stray and the mass on his back was much smaller while he was in their care.

YouCaring site with updates at this link.

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