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K-9 hero relapses

December 5, 2010 • Local News

After battling two tumors earlier this year, Sage, a search and rescue dog raised in Roswell, has relapsed. The 11-year-old Hagerman border collie will have surgery at a cancer center for animals at Colorado State University Monday morning, her owner and handler said.

Veterinarians from the University of Pennsylvania, who routinely monitor canines like Sage that worked in the aftermath of 9/11, detected a thymoma tumor lodged deep between her lung lobes about two weeks ago.

“She’s hanging in there,” said Diane Whetsel, Sage’s handler, by phone while driving to Colorado.

Sage was originally diagnosed with dual tumors, one near her lungs and the other next to her heart, in February. She Login to read more

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