Volunteers save dog with volleyball-sized tumor [GRAPHIC PHOTOS]


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on June 14, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 12:56 PM

PHOENIX -- A boxer-mix named Myla is in desperate need of surgery to remove a huge tumor from her back.

Myla's owners raised her for seven years but handed her over to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, saying they cannot afford the surgery to remove the mass. It has grown to the size of a volleyball over the last year and now weighs 10 or more pounds.

"The bigger it gets, it'll start cracking, so it's at a point where it needs to be taken care of," Kim Sasso of Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary told 3TV.

Sasso's group saved Myla from being euthanized. They are raising roughly $2,000 for surgery.

"The fact that she's not bothered by it is really encouraging, but it's definitely keeping her unsteady," added Louisa Chocron.

The volunteers are thankful a foster home became available to house Myla while she waits for surgery. Veterinarians plan to remove the mass on Tuesday.

If all goes well, she will be up for adoption in several weeks.

More information on Myla and the volunteers can be found at www.foreverlovedpets.org.