Animal advocates gasped in horror as 18-year-old Cilly, with a tumor so large on her belly that the pint-sized pup used it as an arm rest, the Frosted Faces Foundation immediately stepped forward to help. No one knew the Chihuahua’s prognosis, but the Coachella Valley Shelter was no place for a senior – much less a dog with a shocking sized tumor.
“Meet Cilly who entered Coachella Valley Shelter as a stray on February 23rd. The Rescue Coordinator reached out to us over the weekend to ensure we would have space on the day she was due to exit for immediate care,” the group wrote on their Facebook page.
And the brave pup’s story began to unfold.
“They guess Cilly is 18 years old, and her teeth tell a similar story. Cilly has a gigantic mass, that is heavier than her body, hanging from her abdomen. It is solid and ulcerated. You wouldn’t believe it until you saw it, but this little girl can move! She walked the entire path with me at FFF today, wagging and smelling as if nothing was wrong. The mass hangs more heavily to her right, so she sometimes stumbles off balance, but catches herself and trots right along. If anything, this is just another example of how dogs are unimaginably resilient. It took a long time for her mass to get this big, so she has endured the weight, pain, and infection for awhile.”
Posted by Frosted Faces Foundation on Friday, March 2, 2018
On Wednesday, the spunky little Chihuahua underwent surgery at San Diego Bay Animal Hospital. Cilly weighed 6.6 pounds with her mass and after the growth was removed, she weighed 5.1 pounds. While under anesthesia, her entire mammary chain was removed because of additional mammary masses and 15 teeth were extracted.
On the lighter side, Cilly used to use her mass as an arm rest as pictured. Since its removal, she has been caught several times trying to get comfortable and prop her arm on her familiar armrest which is no longer there. Welcome Cilly to a new life with Frosted Faces; miracles do come true.
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Video #2. Check her out after her successful operation:
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