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Adorable Homeless Chocolate Lab Puppy Needs Surgery to Recover from Condition that Causes Incontinence

MSPCA-Angell Raising Funds to Offset Annie’s Care, Hopes Hero Adopter will take her Home after Surgery

BOSTON, July 21, 2020 – An adorable four-month-old chocolate lab puppy was surrendered to the MSPCA-Angell’s Boston adoption center on July 10 after the family who bought her became overwhelmed by a health condition marked by incontinence that saw her unable to hold her bladder, causing “accidents” in the house.

Far from being a behavioral issue that would prevent Annie from becoming house-trained, her incontinence is caused by a condition known as ectopic ureters, a congenital anomaly that requires surgery to repair.  But thanks to Angell Animal Medical Center, help is on the way to resolve the issue that would otherwise make it very difficult for her to find a new and loving home.

Dr. Megan Cray is set to operate on Annie on July 29th in a bid to repair her condition.  Dr. Cray is cautiously optimistic about the procedure.  “This condition [ectopic ureters] is relatively common—in fact it’s the most common condition driving incontinence in young female dogs—and fortunately a surgery option is available,” she said.

“The procedure may repair the condition fully, or she may need a combination of this surgery and medical management for the rest of her life,” added Dr. Cray.

Mounting Medical Bills
Annie has already undergone an ultrasound and other examinations—which detected the ectopic ureters.  Her medical bills may top $5,500 and the MSPCA-Angell is seeking donations to offset her care, and the care of animals just like her.  Anyone who wishes to donate can do so can click here.

Adopter Wanted!

Annie will be placed for adoption once her surgery is complete.  Anna Rafferty-Arnold, associate director of the MSPCA-Angell’s Boston adoption center, hopes Annie’s new hero is just around the corner.

“Despite needing extensive and risky surgery, Annie is an active and happy pup who loves people and other dogs.  And more than anything, we want to find a loving and supportive home for her,” she said.

Readers interested in adoption can email for more information.