Ben

Ben needed to benefit from some benevolence! On the morning of February 11th, when the staff arrived at the Chester County Animal Care & Control shelter in South Carolina, two older Beagle boys had been left in the overnight drop-off kennel. There was no note, only two lively and sweet dogs. One of the dogs, Sundance, was adopted quickly, but nobody came for Ben (who was originally named Butch). Approximately seven years old, Ben had a large growth on his chest.

Shelter animal advocate Emily Ward contacted RADAR on February 25th to ask for our help with Ben. We agreed to provide an offer to assist with his vetting costs as an incentive for a rescue to take him. On March 24th, Penny Angel’s Beagle Rescue in New Jersey agreed to take Ben! His initial vetting revealed that he had two tumors and was in dire need of dental care.

On April 5th, Ben had the two tumors removed, received extensive dental treatment and was neutered. The large tumor was malignant, but the vet was confident that all of the tumor was removed. Ben had to have four teeth extracted. The vet said that he had a lot of decay and there was hair embedded around the roots of his teeth. Apparently Ben had been chewing on himself (perhaps from fleas) and his body hair worked its way under the gums.

Patty Gutherie, Ben’s South Carolina foster, had lots to share with us about Ben: “He’s a love bug! His tail was wagging the first minute I met him and it hasn’t stopped since. Even the vet commented about what a happy dog he is. I don’t think Ben was ever a house dog (there is evidence by the scars on his ears where they dragged the ground and the scar from an ingrown collar), but he has quickly learned the comforts of a sofa and a dog bed. He is responding well to walking on a leash. He makes friends with every dog he meets. He is a typical Beagle in that he wants to explore and sniff everywhere. One of the most amazing things about this obviously former hunting dog is how quiet he is! While he can bark, he just doesn’t do it very often. He did sing in the car on the way home from the shelter and then again on the way to the vet, but it didn’t last long, and he curled up and went to sleep!” Click here to view more photos of Ben.

RADAR paid all of Ben’s dental treatment and tumor removal surgery costs, which totaled $296.

UPDATE! All funds for Ben have been raised! Thank you!

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

UPDATE! Ben has been adopted, and is now known as Benny!

UPDATE Sad news to report… Benny crossed the Rainbow Bridge on July 31, 2017. His forever Mom, Connie, sent us the following message, “RADAR helped with the medical bills for a beagle named ‘Benny’ down South. I then adopted him from a rescue approx. a year ago. With great sadness we p.t.s. Benny yesterday due to lung cancer. Thanks to RADAR, he had a fantastic year at least.” Rest in Peace, Benny.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Ben:

Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Hound Dog Fund ($50); Amanda Keerbs; Karen Dymond; Patty Gutherie (Ben’s South Carolina foster mom): “For dear Ben, who will hold a special place in my heart forever.”

Added on April 19, 2016.

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