South Florida Dog Gets Much-Needed Treatment After Cancer Diagnosis

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  • "Rusty", a 3-year-old pit bull from South Florida, got some much needed treatment after being diagnosed with cancer weeks after his adoption

For one South Florida dog, the last five months have been a whirlwind journey that almost came to an end recently before Miami-Dade Animal Rescue Services stepped in to help.

Rusty, a 3-year-old pit bull, was taken to a local shelter Feb. 27 after being found as a stray. He was adopted May 4 by a Broward County family after nearly 10 weeks in the shelter, according to MDARS.

Shortly after his adoption, however, Rusty was diagnosed with a bone tumor called osteosarcoma, which is common in dogs. Expensive treatments meant his new family had to consider giving Rusty back, but MDARS stepped in and provided the surgery needed at no cost after hearing the story.

Rusty has been resting and recovering in Miami, but will soon be going home to continue his recovery process.

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