Golden retriever Henry found abandoned with a 46-pound tumor

Animals are not only a lifelong commitment but also a lifelong expense and for some owners they can’t cope if their animal develops an illness that results in expensive bills.

But there are shelters and charities that can help; no animal should be left to fend for themselves with a chronic illness.

Sadly Henry the 8-year-old golden retriever was found abandoned on Newport Beach, California a few years ago. He was struggling to walk due to a 46-pound tumor growing on his side, reports  CBS Los Angeles .

Rescuers believe he was abandoned because of his tumor and knew they had to act fast to relieve his discomfort.

Animal Control Supervisor Valerie Schomberg made it her mission to help this sweet, affectionate dog and even managed to get him a $500 grant toward the cost of surgery.

Inside Edition

Vet Dr Karla Nichols told Inside Edition that the tumor was making it very difficult for Henry to get around.

“It was very obvious that his right front leg was having a hard time supporting his weight.”

Five days after he was found abandoned, Henry had the operation and was a much happier dog, now only weighing 78 pounds.

Animal control officers investigated Henry’s case and reminded pet owners that it’s illegal to dump your animal.

See Henry after he had the tumor removed in the clip below.

I’m so glad it ended well. All animals deserve to be treated with love and respect!