FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – A therapy dog who comforted victims and relatives during the Colorado theater shooting trial is getting some TLC himself after developing severe neck pain.
Chester, a 9-year-old Labrador retriever, is being treated at home with antibiotics after a short stay at Colorado State University’s veterinary hospital earlier this month. Doctors believe a spinal infection is to blame and hope the antibiotics will solve the problem, avoiding surgery.READ MORE: Denver Man Sentenced For Killing Mother While Children Were Watching
CSU says it’s also possible the source of the pain is cancer or a foreign object that may have migrated to the dog’s spine. Chester is expected to be back at the hospital in a month for a checkup on how the drug therapy is working.READ MORE: Hospital In Leadville Upgrades, Expands Despite Recently Being On Brink Of Financial Crisis
Chester’s owner, Kateri Nelson, says the dog developed the pain five days after sentencing in the case.
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