Penny’s journey continues

This summer (2015) I noticed a small lump near where the original mast cell tumor was removed.  I took her in and it was removed and biopsied. This time instead of told to just continue the medication I was told to also see a specialist.

Mast Cell Biopsy report 7-2015

Mast Cell Biopsy report 7-2015

Penny's new scars

Penny’s new scars – one on the inner right leg and one on the outer left.

One was referred – but I could use some help.  I read that radiation can help these  kinds of tumors.  But it is expensive and not available everywhere.

Here is one website I found with a great amount of information, but I am looking for more.

Animal Medical Center of Southern California

Animal Medical Center of Southern California

Anyone with any experience with any specialist in the SoCal area – please fill out this form and let me know anything you are willing to share.

Penny’s new journey


Penny has lived a great life.  She has been healthy and happy and she does not care about the huge scars that are still visible on her legs.  But in 2012 I found a lump on her leg.

Penny's lump

Penny’s lump

So I had it removed and biopsied.

Stitches on leg

Stitches on leg

Penny's stitched leg

Penny’s stitched leg










The results were not good.  6/19/2012

Penny's Cancer Labs 2012

Penny’s Cancer Labs 2012

We treated her with benedryl.

And things went back to normal… until this summer.

Penny’s surgery


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On April 22nd 2005, after a few referrals I found a vet Plaza Del Amo Animal Hospital in Torrance, CA. They were willing to do the surgery (could do the surgery) and willing to take payments.  They even gave me a discount – the Good Samaritan Discount – for those who pick up strays and help them.

I was living in Venice, CA in an apartment that did not allow dogs.  So I started looking, as I knew I would be “stuck” with her for a while.  I had been doing rescue for over five years and I knew that placing a older pit bull would take some time.  Plus she needed to recover.  Vet rehab and boarder care would cost about $20 a day.

Donations came pouring in at first.  I raised the first $1300 in one day.  But the surgery was expected to cost about $4,000.  So I went to visit Penny and take some new photos.  People who donate like to see what they are donating too – and for.

Penny in video at the vet after surgery.  Notice the thumping the in background.

Still eager to lick fingers – needing some lovin.

Penny’s harrowing journey

Penny happy


This is the story of Penny the Pinned-Pit Puppy.  She was found on the side of the 110 Harbor freeway in Southern California in 2005.  She had been struck by a car and left for dead when animal control picked her up and took her to a vet to be euthanized.  But the vet felt she could be repaired.  So the vet called some local rescuers …

Animal overpopulation is a solvable problem

Did you know???

Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. – and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born.

As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals.

As a result, every year 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized because there are no more homes for them.

But animal overpopulation is a solvable problem.

3 strays roaming in south Los Angeles

3 strays in So LA