One dog's legacy providing new life for fellow canines


TOLEDO, OH (WNWO) - A tumor on a dog’s throat kept swelling. His medicine only fixed it temporarily. He needed surgery. And, thanks to Lucas County Canine Care and Control, he’s going to get it.

They didn’t notice the tumor when Brody first came to the shelter as a stray on July 7th. It wasn’t until it started visibly swell that shelter workers knew something was wrong. But, thanks to “Cutie’s Fund,” he gets his surgery Tuesday!

Richard Stewart, Director of Lucas County Canine Care and Control, said, “he’s actually a really sweet and happy and obviously interested in everything that’s going on. ‘Cause he likes to get out of the kennel and see. Uh, definitely likes treats.”

Another defining characteristic? This swollen bump on his neck.

The benign tumor on Brody’s salivary gland is not life threatening as long as it remains medicated. But, when it’s no medicated, it can swell and push on his throat and windpipe. The only way he can avoid needing medication for the rest of his life was to have it removed.

“So we’ve got a surgery the will remove that tumor so he can get back to a happy, healthy, normal life,” said Stewart.

The surgery will set the shelter back about $400. That’s where Cutie’s Fund comes in.

“It allows us," he said, "to be able to do above and beyond type procedures that we normally, due to budgetary restrictions, aren’t able to do.”

Cutie’s Fund is supported entirely by community donations, and it’s getting ready to celebrate its 5th anniversary.

It was started in 2012 when a Chihuahua named Cutie came in for an emergency C-Section.

“That was too small for the babies that were inside her, and she wasn’t going to make it," said Stewart. "And that kind of spurred on creating this fund.”

Over the past 5 years, $220,000 has come through the fund to help animals. However, the shelter has also seen it fall to dangerously low levels.

Stewart said, “we never want to be in a situation where an animal needs our help, and we’re not able to do it because we don’t have the funding.”

But for now, it’s making the difference in this smiling boy’s life. And he’s ready for adoption as soon as he’s recovered from his surgery.

“It shouldn’t be too long," said Stewart. "Hopefully we’ll see him up on the adoption floor soon after that.”

Now it’s worth noting that Brody’s surgery is actually relatively cheap. Often, the emergency treatments for the dogs can cost a thousand dollars or more.

If you want to donate, you can call 419-213-2800, or head to

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