Eclipse, an adult Great Dane, who was found on the side of the road in Surrey. Picture taken after he first arrived at the shelter. (Photo: Amy Reid)

Skeletal, calloused dog on the mend in Surrey

Eclipse is gaining weight and about to undergo surgery to remove a mass on his leg

Editor’s note: Disturbing images

A skeletal dog that was brought into a Surrey shelter is on the mend.

Eclipse the drool-filled Great Dane was found near Green Timbers Urban Forest on, you guessed it, the day of the eclipse (Aug. 21).

Though large, male Great Danes are said to weigh up to 150 pounds, he was just over 85 when he was brought in.

To complicate things, he came in with a mass the width of about a softball on his back right leg that was infected.

See also: Donations needed after skeletal, severely calloused dog found in Surrey

After arriving at the Surrey Animal Resource Centre, Eclipse went into foster care and has been put on a proper feeding plan. He’s also been on antibiotics for infection.

Surrey’s manager of animal care and control Kim Marosevich was happy to report that Eclipse’s weight has now stabilized and the mass on his leg is set to be removed this week.

“It’s less inflamed than it was so the infection seems to have settled down but it’s still quite prevalent,” she said.

homelessphoto

(Photo show Eclipse’s leg mass prior to antibiotic treatment.)

But Eclipse isn’t out of the woods yet.

“The concern is once they remove it, it’s not like he has extra skin to close it up. So there’s some discussion about how that’s going to work.”

But all in all, the vet is happy with his physical condition, she continued.

“The question now is what will they find when they remove the mass? We have our fingers and toes crossed for him.”

(Video footage of Eclipse when he arrived at the Surrey shelter.)

Marosevich said sadly, this isn’t a rare story.

“This is very dramatic, so it’s going to get a lot of attention,” she said. “This is not an uncommon situation in shelters, where people don’t take great care of their pets and for whatever reason, hit a point where they then abandon them.”

While no one knows what happened to Eclipse, it certainly didn’t happen overnight.

“Where was he for long enough to get into this condition that nobody saw him?” Marosevich asked. “We have no idea whether someone dumped him there, whether he escaped where he was and made his way there. We really don’t know anything about his story until a Good Samaritan picked him up and he’s come to us for care.”

See also: Woman fights to get dog back from Surrey shelter



amy.reid@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Amy on Twitter

 

A picture of Eclipse’s back after arriving at Surrey Animal Resource Centre. (Photo: Amy Reid)

Just Posted

Fraser Surrey Docks mechanic dies on the job

‘This is a very sad day - a worker went to his job this morning and didn’t go home’

Man arrested in Maple Ridge in connection with Victoria-area murder

Daniel Creagh faces second-degree murder charge in death of Joseph Gauthier

PHOTOS: Canada Cup action continues at Softball City

The Futures Gold final is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Softball City’s diamond No. 1

All-Indigenous teams break new ground, making BC Games history

This is the first time there have been dedicated Indigenous teams at the BC Summer Games

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Ping-pong balls of fire dropped to merge two B.C. wildfires

The merger is considered successful by BC Wildfire Services

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Trio overcomes adversity at the BC Games

Zone 4 girl’s 3x3 basketball team fought through injuries and conflicting schedules

Recovery high schools could help teens before addiction takes hold: B.C. parents

Schools could provide mental health supports and let parents discuss their children’s drug use openly

Most Read