UPDATE: Bear’s story and the rescuers who are helping him as his road to recovery remains uphill battle

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Less than one week ago, street feeders in Cleveland, Texas spotted a dog with a huge mass on his face eating cat food that had been left out on a nearby resident’s porch. Drops of blood had been left behind on the porch, and ThisIsHouston stepped up to help and sent out an envoy of volunteers to find the dog.

After the dog was captured and transferred to their partner veterinary hospital, a CT scan was performed to assess the severity of the tumor. The radiologist concluded the mass was not cancer, but a necrotic abscess, likely the result of a recent bullet wound. The dog had been shot in the neck with the entry wound to the right side of his face. The bullet traveled through his neck and became lodged on the left side. An infection from the wound caused the mass or at least part of the swelling and the infection.

Bear underwent surgery on Wednesday and did quite well. His vital signs have remained within normal limits, and he is eating and getting around quite well with some support. His face remains swollen, but he just had a 3.5 pound mass removed from his face. Imagine how good that must feel?

Although Bear continues to rest comfortably after his operation, his bloodwork continues to register a very high white blood cell count (consistent with this previous abscess and surgery), but otherwise there have not been any changes. His chest x-rays appear to be clear.

They submitted a sample of the fluid within his abdomen to the lab for analysis and that should be back in the next 24-48 hours. He is on supportive therapies and close monitoring. If by Monday, he is not showing a positive response to therapy and/or the fluid analysis does not give us an answer to what is going on, he’ll get an ultrasound of his heart.

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Bear now remains lethargic and quiet but resting well. Bear’s future is not known, but he continues to fight for his life, and his supporters are not giving up on him. Please don’t give up.

Read previous coverage here.

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What a sleeping position!
This is what happens when you have a high energy puppy and step out of the room!

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