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Second chance was all she needed

CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: July 10, 2009 at 12:57 pm •  Published: July 8, 2009
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Beth Anne had a growth so large it nearly touched the ground. The 10-year-old black cocker spaniel was deaf, disabled, hairless and covered in fleas. She looked like a sick elephant.

So Estelle Cappony-Stroud decided to leave her at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter.

"I’d never done that before,” she said. "I’d never walked away like that. They took her away and I went into the bathroom and threw up, I was so upset.”

Then she got another phone call from the animal shelter, asking her to take a second look at the stray dog. Estelle said she couldn’t. Her rescue organization, Okie Dokie Cocker Spaniel Rescue, didn’t have enough money to treat the dog’s giant cancerous growth and her other medical problems. And besides, nobody would probably ever adopt her.

Estelle cried and couldn’t sleep.

But a mix-up at the shelter gave Beth Anne a second chance. She wasn’t euthanized, and a shelter worker again called Estelle, asking her to look at the cocker spaniel.