New Mexico stray dog dies after fight with cancer

Posted at: 03/24/2014 1:35 PM
By: The Associated Press

Raphael was found as an emaciated stray in Santa Fe.
Raphael was found as an emaciated stray in Santa Fe.
Photo: Facebook: Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Santa Fe Animal Shelter reports the death of an emaciated stray dog whose ups and downs were monitored by thousands of the shelter's Facebook fans.
    
The death of Raphael on Monday comes two months after the dog was diagnosed with cancer in January. It had arrived at the shelter in October.
    
The dog weighed just about half its normal weight when it was found abandoned in a Pojoaque neighborhood.
    
It then regained its weight but the shelter's medical director, Dr. Jennifer Steketee says the cancer proved too much for Raphael.
    
The shelter says a memorial service will be planned later in the spring and that dog's ashes will be sprinkled at the shelter's labyrinth.

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