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Surgery on ailing Great Dane yields 43 1/2 socks

Surgery On Ailing Great Dane Yields 43 1/2 Socks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital.

It was something he ate!

X-rays showed a stomach full of "a large quantity of foreign material." Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer - the dog had consumed 43 1/2 socks.

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch said it's perhaps the strangest case in the hospital's history, The Oregonian reported (http://is.gd/Zb55C9 ).

So strange that the hospital entered last February's tale, complete with X-rays, in an annual contest sponsored by the vet magazine, Veterinary Practice News, and won a prize. Fittingly enough, the contest is called "They Ate WHAT?"

Even stranger. The $1,500 first place winner was a Plano, Texas, animal hospital that treated an exotic frog that ate more than 30 small ornamental rocks from its cage.

The DoveLewis entry summary says the Great Dane was discharged home a day after surgery. Harch says the owners aren't available for comment but she confirms the dog is alive. No word on what he's eaten lately.

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sulandherb September 04 2014 at 10:22 AM

and you thought the dryer was eating your socks....

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bbh907 September 04 2014 at 10:14 AM

You'd think the owners would have missed that many socks.Glad the dog's okay,though.

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ginny0426 September 04 2014 at 10:39 AM

Moral of the story...pick up your socks!

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Danny September 04 2014 at 10:00 AM

Obviously, the dog was sick and tired of the owners leaving their dirty laundry all over the house. Glad he is ok.

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cassie4486 September 04 2014 at 1:02 PM

People like that should not own dogs. How LONG did it take them to realize all the missing socks?

And how do they do their laundry where these socks were available for the dog to take? Idiot owners!

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CHUCK September 04 2014 at 12:47 PM

Didn't the stupid owner notice half of his/her socks missing? Must not be very alert. Probably dimly aware he/she is alive.

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thescot September 04 2014 at 3:10 PM

Title said they found a shocking discovery , they should have said they found a stocking discovery.

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publicat09 thescot September 04 2014 at 4:35 PM

thescot---- LOL!! good one.

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cgssnavickas thescot September 04 2014 at 4:48 PM

The dog is now foot loose and fancy free.

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liondog96 September 04 2014 at 10:48 AM

Yeah, good thing the dog is doing well.

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jimknowsallusa September 04 2014 at 3:53 PM

Some people are just too dumb to be pet owners ...

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JedEyeMaster September 04 2014 at 4:03 PM

Next item on the menu - shoes !

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