Miracle transformation of abandoned dog after enormous 12 pound tumour is removed

This adorable dog has plenty to smile about after his miracle transformation after his enormous tumour was removed.

Gilbert Grape – named because his growth looked like an enormous grape – was found abandoned in Arizona.

The Weimaraner was barely able to walk because of the size and weight of the tumour

The Weimaraner was barely able to walk because of the size and weight of the tumour

When the Weimaraner was rescued, he was barely able to walk because of the size and weight of the tumour.

After charity work by the Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue centre raised £4,300, Gilbert underwent life-saving surgery.

Gilbert's benign tumour weight 12lb

Gilbert’s benign tumour weight 12lb

Now a year after the 12lb benign tumour was removed, Gilbert is all smiles with his adopted owner Scott Roberts.

Keri Pink, from the rescue centre said: “We were called to the isolation wing of a high-kill shelter and found Gilbert there.

“The tumour was so large he could barely stand under its weight.

“How on earth he had survived for so long is still a mystery to us all.

“He was a real trooper though and after the surgery he recovered really quickly.

“To compensate for the growths mass, he lost a lot of muscle and it took a while for him to get his strength back.”

Gilbert Grape was named for his growth, which looked like an enormous grape

Gilbert Grape was named for his growth, which looked like an enormous grape

The life-changing surgery included blood transfusions and an IV catheter to keep him alive.

To help build up the lost muscle mass, Gilbert underwent months of physical therapy before he was adopted.

Finally, Scott took in the plucky grey dog and has given him a home so he can get on with his life.

Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue centre raised £4,300 to pay for Gilberts life-saving surgery

Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue centre raised £4,300 to pay for Gilberts life-saving surgery