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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Beagle owner sets up bank account fundraiser for dog

Peanut is in a predicament and could use a little help.
The 10-month-old beagle was recently diagnosed with Canine Liver Shunt, a problem where the liver is bypassed by the blood stream and since the liver cleans the blood, a shunt needs to be corrected to remove toxins that may accumulate, according to The Dog Health Guide.
Treatment options include medication and surgery, however, in Peanut’s case, his owner, Susan Smith of Painesville, was told by her vet that surgery would produce the best outcome for him.
“In the meantime, she has him on Lactulose Solutions as well as Metionodazole, a half a pill twice a day,” Smith said. “I talked to the specialist’s staff, who will do the surgery and spoke to them about a payment plan, however, they tell me they don’t do that. Payment up front only.”
So, Smith started a fundraiser at her local bank, U.S. Bank, at 9572 Mentor Ave., in Mentor and posted Peanut’s need with his information on Facebook requesting donations.
“The (bank) account is called ‘Peanut’s Surgery Fundraiser.’ Any extra funds raised that will not be needed will be donated to a rescue group,” she said, adding people can also send donations in the mail to the bank.
Smith also welcomes any feedback regarding any other organizations that can help her with funds or advertisement. She can be reached by e-mail at


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