Dog rescued in Knoxville diagnosed with skin cancer


Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – A dog found abandoned near a dumpster by Knoxville Police Department animal control officers is resting comfortably with the care of the Young-Williams Animal Center. The pup captured the hearts of many East Tennessees after Young-Williams posted a photo of her showing her long, matted hair.

“Our hearts have been touched by the many calls, notes and messages from community members ready to help Bridget. We thank you all for your kind support,” the shelter said in a statement about Bridget.

The dog, now named Bridget, is currently in the care of the shelter’s veterinary team. Bridget was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. Several treatment options are being considered to give him the best chance of recovery. A veterinary oncologist works with the Young-Williams team to diagnose Bridget’s specific medical needs and create a treatment plan.

Due to her condition, Bridget will not be available for adoption at this time. However, if her condition permits, Bridget could be cared for by a foster family with experience caring for pets with advanced medical needs, according to Young-Williams.

The police are also looking for information on how Bridget ended up being abandoned. The East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

If you have a tip, call 865-215-7165go online at, via the free mobile app, P3 Tips, or on the East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers Facebook page. Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward.

Young-Williams also wants to encourage people who want to support stray animals with medical needs like Bridget to donate to their Animal Compassion Fund at This fund helps purchase medical equipment and treatments for pets that are not ready for adoption due to a medical condition or behavioral problem.


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