Woods said she had never performed a procedure this intricate.
"This is the biggest mass I’ve ever removed, and my boss said it’s probably a record for the clinic,” she said. "It’s was very exhausting work. There are tons of blood vessels stuck to the spleen. I had to deal with it one blood vessel at a time.”
Woods’ greyhound provided blood so Pepper could get a transfusion.
Pepper and two litter mates started life being tossed in a bag and thrown in the garbage. Two sanitation workers found them and left them by the side of the road. Only Pepper was able to make the one-mile walk through the woods to Ellis’s home between Guthrie and Edmond.
"She’s a tough gal,” Ellis said. "She’s been through a lot, but she’s able to wiggle when she walks again.”