Dog who spent most of his life tied to a tree needs expensive surgery to recover

Napoleon needs your help.
Napoleon needs your help. BC SPCA

Staff at the BC SPCA Abbotsford branch describe Napoleon as “a really nice dog.”

His demeanour could be very different considering he was tied to a tree for most of his life.

“The SPCA has learned that Napoleon suffered wretched living conditions in all kinds of weather, unable to free himself or find any shelter or eat when his leash wrapped around the tree, often left to stand in several inches of mud,” says Abbotsford branch manager Jodi Dunlop. Napoleon was surrendered to the BC SPCA through a cruelty investigation Nov. 8.

Napoleon was tied to a tree for most of his life without adequate food, water or shelter. He now needs a major dental surgery as well as entropion surgery, an extremely painful condition where the eyelashes grow into the eyes, on both lower lids.

“He’s a really nice dog, just over five years old. What a brave guy,” Dunlop says. “He’s good with people and with other dogs. We’re hoping the public will help him have a much better life than the one he’s experienced so far, and eventually, find a loving home.”

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Bakerview Pet Hospital in Abbotsford can perform the surgery for half-price, but Napoleon’s surgery will still cost upward of $1,000.

Napoleon is a Dogue de Bordeaux, one of the most ancient French dog breeds, and one that was made famous in the Tom Hanks movie Turner and Hooch.

As a non-profit organization, the BC SPCA is supported through public donations. Anyone who is able to help Napoleon and other animals like him in need at the Abbotsford SPCA shelter can donate online at or visit in person, at 34312 Industrial Way, Abbotsford.