Dog’s Football-Sized Tumor Removed


Elmi, an abused pit bull, was found abandoned on the side of a road in Colorado. The 6-year-old dog was brought to the Humane Society with severe anemia and dehydration. She had ulcers and cuts on her face from years of abuse, and a large cancerous tumor was found in her abdomen.

The vets had given Elmi only a 50% chance of surviving the surgery to remove the tumor. But, Elmi is a true survivor, and she is doing well after the surgery. The vets say that she will fully recover and that her cuts and ulcers are already 90% healed.

Elmi means “worthy of love” in Italian. You certainly are Elmi.

More about Elmi after the jump.


“It’s definitely the most horrific case of neglect I’ve ever seen,” said veterinarian Dr. Lara Riggenbach with the Colorado Humane Society. “It was abusive. It was very, very bad. The physical condition was shocking.”

“I think she’s been a rock star,” Riggenbach said. “She’s been a great patient.”

“We have many cases like this. She’s the one who got on the news but it takes a lot of donations,” Riggenbach said. “It’s really nice that the public stepped up and sent in the money to help with Elmi’s care.”

Elmi’s care and treatment has cost about $3,000. The Colorado Humane Society has received about half of that in donations to help pay for her care.

5 Responses to “Dog’s Football-Sized Tumor Removed”

  1. catmom5 says:

    How anyone can do that to a beautiful, loving creature of God is beyond my understanding. I am so glad that Elmi was rescued and is being treated. If she had been found in Denver it would have been an automatic death sentence!

    You keep getting better, Elmi! And I hope the people who did this to her rot in their own special “hot place”!!

  2. Carol says:

    Hats off to the Humane Society. How fortunate for Elmi he was brought to you! His nightmare hopefully is over and he should get the home and love he so deserves. I do hope that someone who knows something will report the owner!

  3. Debbie4747 says:

    Awww, that poor sweet girl….I hope she will fully recover and find a terrific forever home. Those that abused her should be abused. I really don’t understand how people can be so cruel.
    Get well soon Elmi!

  4. 4lgdfriend says:

    Proving once again that the BEASTS in the world are not from the animal species.

  5. Judy says:

    Being a true lover of animals I am so glad that Elmi received the needed care she required. ABUSE, THAT MAKES ME SO MAD. THE PERSON THAT HAD THIS POOR CREATURE SHOULD RECEIVE EVERYTHING ELMI DID AND NOT RECEIVE TREATMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GOD BLESS YOU ELMI AND I PRAY YOU FIND A LOVING HOME.

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