It was a bit of a fluke that saved Duke! This approximately seven-year-old Beagle-Hound mix arrived at the Bladen County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on January 1st. It’s not known if he was a stray or an owner surrender. Either way, it was a bleak start to the New Year for Duke. Not only was he an older dog, but he also had a large, unpleasant-looking lump on his right hip. Because he only had a short stub for a tail, he was called Nub at the shelter.

On January 21st, with an assistance offer from RADAR, Jan Grafton with Juliet’s House Rescue in North Carolina was all set to pull another dog, Daisy, from the shelter. However, another rescue unexpectedly took Daisy. Jan asked us if she could use our offer to take Duke instead. We agreed and Duke was out of the shelter on January 23rd.

Duke’s surgery to remove the lump, which the vet described as large skin tag, was done on February 3rd. A number of other small skin tags were also removed. Jan told us this about Duke: “He is such a great boy. I’m really glad that I was able to help him. He’s one of those dogs who seems to like everyone. Duke is very handsome, and funny too. He looks so s-l-e-e-p-y and lazy, but he does like to do a few laps around the yard sometimes too!” To view more photos of Duke, click here.

RADAR paid all $200 of Duke’s lumpectomy costs.

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

UPDATE! Duke has been adopted!

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

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

Chloe’s SOS Fund (Saving Our Seniors); Britney Aldridge / Critter Captions; Kitty Hahn

Added on February 25, 2014.

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