BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- "Hermione," a Shih Tzu at the SPCA of Westchester, Inc., in Briarcliff Manor, needs help.
A few weeks ago, Hermione was hardly recognizable. The tiny Shih Tzu had clearly been neglected for quite some time before being abandoned on the streets, picked up by Ossining Animal Control and brought to the SPCA.
The hair on her body was matted down to the skin, making it difficult for her to walk without being in pain. On top of the mats, she was soaked in urine and feces and it is possible she lived in a crate for her entire life.
Despite being in pain, the little dog greeted staff with gentle kisses and grateful tail wags. The staff named her Hermione Granger after the resilient wizard from Harry Potter.
Hermione suffered from many ailments including severe dental diseases and numerous growths all over her little body. Her stomach was distended and she was having problems going to the bathroom.
An ultrasound revealed massive bladder stones and the need for emergency surgery to remove her gallbladder. The SPCA's veterinarian performed the risky surgery and after a difficult recovery, Hermione is on the mend and looking for a loving family to live out the remainder of her golden years.
But Hermione's ongoing health-care needs are costly. Please consider a donation to the SPCA's "Mend A Friend" Fund this holiday season for Hermione. Donations can be made by going here .
The SPCA of Westchester, Inc. is a no-kill shelter. It is at 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor. Call (914)-941-2896.
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