Alberta dog that survived extreme emaciation dies from cancer
EDMONTON — A young Staffordshire terrier who spent time with the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society after being found extremely emaciated in eastern Alberta in 2014 has passed away.
Gredda, who was described as one of the happiest dogs you’ll ever meet, died Monday after a battle with cancer, Terra MacLean from SCARS told Global News Saturday morning.
“We spent the day together, we ate a huge breakfast, had a soak in the Jacuzzi, watched a movie, cuddled on the couch and went for a sleigh ride. I let her tease the other dogs (she loves being the lead dog) and gave her the world’s biggest chewy. Then the vet arrived. Gredda lay comfortably in her bed as we petted her and she drifted peacefully away,” MacLean, who fostered Gredda after SCARS took her in, wrote in her blog post following Gredda’s death.
The young pup was an inspiration to those at SCARS after she was found on a rural property near Lloydminster in November 2014.
“The story is that she was hit by a car,” MacLean said in 2014. “She lived outdoors, fending for herself for the better part of two to three months, dragging her hind legs behind her.”
Gredda had no function in her back legs, but it didn’t break her spirit. She was nursed back to health, fitted into a wheelchair and given a new lease on life.
“She had no idea she was in a wheelchair the entire time I knew her,” MacLean said Saturday. “She was an ambassador.”
About one year later, in November 2015, Gredda was diagnosed with terminal cancer. To make her last few months as enjoyable as possible, MacLean and the staff at SCARS created a bucket list for the lively dog in hopes of checking off as many events as possible before she passed away. From a new chew toy every day to going swimming, Gredda’s bucket list was fulfilled.
For more information on SCARS and the animals they have up for adoption, visit their website.
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