Maisie the staffie had the large growth removed. (Image: RSPCA Worcester & Mid-Worcestershire)
A STAFFIE went almost completely deaf after a giant growth the size of a tennis ball was left untreated.
Four-year-old Maisie was taken into the care of the RSPCA’s Worcester and Mid-Worcestershire branch after her owner could not afford to have her treated.
She had a severely infected mass that was visibly protruding from her left ear and had passed down her ear canal and through the drum, leaving the vets with no choice but to perform a full ear canal ablation to remove the growth.
The RSCPA suggested the growth was the size of a tennis ball.
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The growth in Masie’s ear. (Image: RSPCA Worcester & Mid-Worcestershire)
Following an appeal on social media, local animal lovers rallied to raise over £1,000 to fund the life-saving operation.
Maisie’s right ear also became infected and the same surgery was performed and paid for by the self-funded RSPCA branch.
Despite her health issues, Maisie, who has been cared for at the Kempsey branch’s Holdings Rescue and Rehoming Center since June, is described as a happy, super-intelligent and incredibly good-natured dog.
Claire Wood of The Holdings said: “When an animal comes to us in urgent need of treatment, we will do absolutely everything to ensure this is done. We were told that Maisie was in excruciating pain and was probably almost deaf.
“Our wonderful supporters and dedicated vets literally saved her life and we cannot thank them enough.
“Because her hearing is severely impaired you have to shout to be heard, but she is an incredibly intelligent and intuitive dog who is good at responding to hand signals and is excellent at reading body language.
“Her sensitive nature means she’s a bit shy around people she doesn’t know, but once she bonds with you, she really bonds.
“Then she becomes a typical hopping staffie who loves to zoom around and is incredibly agile and loves to run and jump.”
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Masi is playing. (Image: RSPCA Worcester & Mid-Worcestershire)
Maisie is a little more wary of men, so there would need to be a woman at home to be her main carer, at least initially.
An adults-only home with no other pets is best for Maisie.