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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

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

Just Posted

Task force brainstorms on support for Semiahmoo homeless community

Community service providers gather to discuss options for housing, income safety and more

Two people reportedly sent to hospital after two-vehicle collision in Surrey

Collision happened on the 16500-block of 64 Avenue

Ride-hailing arrives in North Delta

Uber’s picking up passengers in North Delta, Ladner, but Tsawwassen is still waiting for the service

South Surrey couple donates $250K to students in honour of late son

Joseph Chung Scholarship Fund helps out 100 post-secondary students

Plans for apartments on Strawberry Hill shopping site coming to Surrey council

It would be near the library, and include 123 rental units

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Kobe Bryant killed in California helicopter crash: reports

NBA star was reportedly in his private helicopter at the time of the crash

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in B.C.

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

Most Read