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Rescued dog now fighting a tumor

(WBIR - Greene County) A starved and abandoned dog rescued about a month ago now has a new battle to fight.

We first met Ruger four weeks ago, malnourished and on the edge of death. He was rescued by Bright Hope Animal Rescue, a group run by Jason and Amanda Hopson.

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After an emergency surgery and what seemed like a few weeks of progress, doctors have discovered a new problem for the dog: a tumor.

The tumor is on Ruger's pituitary gland. With frequent visits to UT veterinary hospital and the possibility of sixteen radiation treatments, Ruger's future medical needs will be costly.

"Best case scenario, we are looking at a little over $5,000 for the treatment," said Jason Hopson.

To raise money for Ruger's treatment, the Hopsons threw an old-fashioned barbecue Saturday, and raised more than $4,000 thanks to donations from over 400 people; family, friends, and even strangers, all of whom wanted to support Ruger.

"There's just something about him," says Jason, "that has really really sparked a lot of interest and awareness."

It's something his wife said she has seen too.

"This little dog, that nobody knew and nobody cared about has just won the hearts of so many people just everywhere. It's amazing to see," said Amanda.

The University of Tennessee Veterinary hospital has notified the Hopson's that Ruger is a good candidate for radiation treatments, and could begin as early as next week.

for more information on Bright Hope Animal Rescue and how to help Ruger visit Bright Hope Animal Rescue Facebook


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