Police in Hollywood, Florida, had a very sick dog on their hands.


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According to CBS Miami, who reported the story, the small Yorkie, now named Hollywood, was dumped at the station last week by a woman who "said she had to go to work, said she was busy," recalled Rose Mone from the Hollywood Police Department.

The extremely ill pup couldn't walk, the story said, and was in dire need of attention.

"I knew he needed help right away because he was not going to make it through the day," Mone told the station.

Fearing the worst, she reached out to a friend at the Glimmer of Life Small Dog Rescue of South Florida, who came to the rescue.

A man named Ed Degelsmith set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the cost of the dog's medical needs. ("He is in desperate need of surgery for bladder stones, teeth cleaning and to be neutered," the page reads.)

CBS reports that staff at Weston's Hometown Animal Hospital thought the dog was hit by a car, but an X-ray revealed why he was crying in pain the day he was abandoned.

"We were surprised to see a giant bladder, almost six to 10 times the size it should have been," Paul Camilo, program administrator at the hospital, told the station. "He was slowly filling up like a water balloon and at the point that we saw him, he was literally knocking on death's door."

Following a 2-hour surgery on Monday, it sounds like Hollywood is in a different place — physically and emotionally.

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"I believe he knows he's being rescued," Degelsmith told CBS. "He knows he was at death's door and he's got a second chance."

Hollywood's GoFundMe page has raised $2,210 of a $3,000 goal. To contribute, click here.

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