HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - MeMy is a 12-year old Jack Russel mix who is recovering from a major surgery to have a chain of mammary tumors removed.
"Mammary tumors are more from when they have litters," said Frankie Dennison, Director of the Humane Society of Harrison County. "So you'll see females who have litter after litter, and they can get tumors even after just one litter of puppies or kittens. The more they have the more chance of risk."
MeMy came to the humane society last week after being surrendered to animal control.
State law says animals going for adoption must be spay or neutered before or 30 days after adoption once animals are sexually mature. However, when they took MeMy to the vet to be spayed, the were met with complications.
"We pulled her and that's when we noticed the mammary tumors completely filled her stomach. So we decided to have our vet check her out, and decided she definitely needed spayed."
Dennison says MeMy will have staples in her stomach for weeks while she recovers, and they are waiting for the test results to see if the tumors are cancerous.
Dennison also says all this can be avoided if animals are spayed, regardless of age.
"If they're older like this a vet will do blood work just to make sure their body can handle it. But it's still absolutely important for not just mammary tumors but pyometra, the infection of the uterus that can kill them very quickly."
Now, MeMy has been spayed and half of the tumors removed. But she still has a long road to recovery.
"There were so many that she could only have the one side done. You can't keep them under anesthesia for that long, and just the recovery that it's going to take for her little body. But hopefully sometime we can get the other side removed."