The “swollen lump” was removed during an operation performed at the LSU College of Veterinary Medicine, according to Jefferson Conservation and Animal Welfare Services. The parish is located south of New Orleans.
Before and after photos shared on Facebook this month show the dog is now very cute, despite a large row of stitches between its ears.
Shelter workers named her Presley, although some in the community started calling her Annabelle.
“We can confirm that the growth on her head is not cancer and she should be recovering well,” the department wrote on Dec. 16.
“Presley has a long road to recovery, but she showed us all that she has a fighting spirit.Don’t the best fighters have the biggest fan bases? Well, with our community supporting her, she will undoubtedly continue to recover and recover. “
The cause of the lump was not disclosed.
Photos of the strange growth were first posted on Facebook on Dec. 2, when shelter officials reported that Presley was found wandering on rails in the Avondale area of Jefferson Parish.
A veterinarian saw her “immediately” and found the dog also had a broken leg.
The post sparked financial aid from the community, with some calling the photo “very disturbing”.
“Oh my gosh, this is heartbreaking,” Tim Allen wrote.
The LSU surgery also included placing pins on the dog’s hind legs, which meant physical therapy was needed to help Presley walk again, officials said. Further leg surgery will be performed, but shelter officials said she could wait until she gets stronger.
Costs are being covered in part by the nonprofit Drew Pet Foundation, officials said.