Sarasota, Florida – Veterinarian Ann Chauvet treats plenty of cats and dogs in her Sarasota practice. Her specialty is neurology and neuro surgery.
On Tuesday, Chauvet saw a very different type of patient. Dane is a 10 year old lioness from Sarasota's Big Cat Habitat. The big cat had a pronounced limp, so owner Kay Rosaire brought her in for a check-up.
X-Rays found a herniated disc and something more. Tests revealed Dane had bone cancer.
Dr. Chauvet says the cancer was so advanced, Dane only had months to live. Kay Rosaire of the Big Cat Rescue found herself facing a difficult dilemma.
Rosaire says Dane is a member of the family. She would have approved any treatment that might have given the lioness a chance at life. Unfortunately it was too late. Instead, Rosaire had to make an even more difficult decision; to say goodbye.
Dane was euthanized.
Angela Clooney, Tampa Bay's 10 News
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