Woman rescues neglected three-legged dog – who ends up saving her life

A woman who took in a cruelly neglected dog had that kindness repaid when rescue hound Louie saved her life.

Karen Ethier was diagnosed after Louie alerted her to a lump that turned out to be an aggressive form of breast cancer.

The 55-year-old received the shock diagnosis from her GP after her pet repeatedly nuzzled and headbutted her chest.

After undergoing surgery, plus intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Karen is now celebrating being in remission. She said: “Louie is the most amazing dog.

“When he came into the rescue centre, he was emaciated and covered in bruises.

“I knew that I wanted to save him, and he literally saved my life in return.

“We saved each other. It was tough treatment to go through, but he was by my side the whole time. I’m so lucky to have such a clever pup.”

The owner of four dogs already, she fell in love with the mastiff and Staffordshire bull terrier cross when she saw him in the Bath Cats and Dogs Home, Somerset.

By then, he had had to have his leg amputated as a result of neglect.

Karen said: “He was so sweet, and I fell in love with him the moment I saw him.”

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It was in October 2020 that Karen was with a pal when Louis began acting oddly.

“He kept nudging my boob, I didn’t know what he was doing.

“My friend said, ‘Have you checked yourself recently?’

“I couldn’t believe it when I found a lump. Louie was trying to warn me the whole time,” added Karen, from Cirencester, Gloucs.

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