December 21, 2014

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Rescued dog has terminal cancer

Herbie the pit bull has survived atrocious abuse. He is not expected to live through February, but at least he will spend his final days in good care.

When Lorain Officer Richard Broz found the dog emaciated and nearly dead on a street in early December, the dog was about 50 pounds underweight, his ribs were clearly visible through his skin, and his head was swollen to nearly twice its normal size due to a puncture wound.

The pit bull, now named Herbie, has been recovering at Lorain Animal Clinic. He is now 55 pounds — up from 25 to 30 pounds when he was found — and is reported to be in better health and spirits.

However, in late December he was diagnosed with a non-operable, terminal form of cancer in the sinuses.

“He’s been to three specialists, and they all agree it’s untreatable,” Broz said. “We don’t expect him to live more than a month.”

The Humane Society of the United States and private donors are offering rewards totaling $11,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the dog’s abusers. The Lorain Police Department is still investigating the case, and can be reached at (440) 204-2555.

While Herbie will continue to receive medical care from the clinic, starting Friday, Broz was taking Herbie home to care for him on the weekends. He will bring the dog back to the clinic during the week.

“As long as (Herbie) lasts, I’m gonna keep doing that,” Broz said.

Contact Hannah Varadi at 329-7243 or hvaradi@chroniclet.com.