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May 5, 2016 12:37 PM

Abused Londonderry pup's cancer comes back, will live out final days with new family

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LONDONDERRY - The story of the dog formally known as "Puppy" looks like it might not be getting fairy tale ending everyone was hoping for.

READ: Londonderry police rescue abandoned dog whose fur was so matted it couldn't walk properly

The dog - since named "Stevie" - is a small Shih Tzu and was found with had fleas, anemia and ear infections along with an ulcer on his forehead. Police said the dog, who is blind and deaf, was walking into walls and trying to eat random small items. They turned the animal over to the Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester for treatment after discovering him alone in the apartment.

The dogs previous owners Jada Demas and Jennifer Moscardini were charged with cruelty to animals, and Stevie was adopted by Dottie Guzowski.

READ: Londonderry dog owners face animal abuse charges after pup found in 'appalling' conditions

But after surgery to remove a cancerous mass that forced Stevie to lose an eye, his cancer resurfaced on his face, according to the Union Leader. Guzowski and veterinarians decided since the cancer has likely spread and an operation would be difficult, they're going to let Stevie live out the rest of his days.

However, Stevie's a happier pup with a loving family, and he's even volunteered Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center, according to the paper.

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