SALT LAKE CITY — Jake, a 13-year-old Labrador retriever, is supposed to be enjoying retirement. The Labrador had worked as an avalanche dog at the Alta Ski Area since he was a pup. But, the retired life hasn’t been easy.
In March 2016, Jake’s vet found several large cancerous tumors in his throat. If that wasn’t bad enough, Jake is also hounded by many more medical problems.
“He has a paralyzed larynx and he has troubles with his legs and joints as well,” said his owners, Sara Gibbs. “Some days are good, some days are bad.”
Gibbs said that without treatment, a walk even to the neighbor’s house can be a struggle.
“He breathes and sounds like he’s Darth Vader,” Gibbs said. “Just two houses away, he was breathing so loudly that the neighbor came outside and asked me if something was wrong.”
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