Her name is Magnolia, a dog who shows the world that hopes never dies. It’s not easy to get around with a six-kilogram bundle clinging to your body.
It wouldn’t be easy for anyone to try to get by in such conditions, but it’s even worse for an abandoned animal.
This dog was left alone in a street, doomed not to survive.
Magnolia’s former owner decided to leave her to fend for herself on Mahogany Road in the U.S. Virgin Islands. People moved by her plight reported the dog, and volunteers from the Animal Care Center came to her rescue.
These people had no idea what picture they would find, the dog could not even move due to the weight of her tumor. Magnolia had serious health issues that needed to be addressed as soon as possible.
Her mobility was impossible, so the veterinarians began planning her surgery. This was done after making sure that everything was okay with the dog’s heart. The examination revealed that the dog was not wandering because she was well fed.
Her family likely decided to abandon her after her condition became completely uncontrollable.
Because of the size of the tumor, the risk was higher, because anything could happen during the operation. The doctors and caregivers prayed for the dog’s recovery. Indeed, the shelter asked for prayers for this dog on social media.
Thankfully, these prayers paid off, as two hours after the surgery, the anesthesia was completely gone and little Magnolia was waking up.
The operation removed 6.75 kilos of the tumor mass. This dog made a full recovery after being sutured. The veterinarians were proud of what she had endured.
Magnolia now had to regain her strength and even learn to move again without the huge, uncomfortable tumor clinging to her body. Fortunately, she was able to get back on her feet and her caregivers began to encourage her to take her first steps.
It must have been strange, but a liberating moment for her. Magnolia wasn’t able to walk for very long because her stitches were still fresh and uncomfortable. Everyone was moved to tears when they saw her standing.
Therapy was not easy, as it took weeks for the dog to regain her health and confidence. Magnolia was terrified of the pain she remembered when she had to walk, but that was behind her now, and she would soon see for herself.
After her discharge from the hospital, Magnolia was placed in a temporary home where she continued to be monitored and her recovery was closely followed. Fortunately, the tumor was not cancerous, and all they had to worry about was getting her back to normal.
After a few months, the dog returned to the shelter where she continues to grow up healthy and very well cared for by all the volunteers who brought her back to life.
It is gratifying to see how the dog found in a deplorable state on the street was finally able to find his joy and smile. We need more heroes like this in the world.