Woman ‘distraught’ as pet dog is hit by same illness she had

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A dog owner is devastated after her beloved pet developed cancer, after it helped her get over the same illness.

Emilee Morrallis faced a gruelling few years after she was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer when she was just 24.

The now 29-year-old, from Wavertree, had to learn to walk again and faced major surgery and limb reconstruction on both her legs, but said her rescue dog, Finley, has been with her the whole way.

After being abandoned on a bench, Emilee brought Fin into her life shortly before she was diagnosed.

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And now, after being Emiee's rock through her cancer struggle, the five-year-old dog has been diagnosed with cancer too.

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Emilee told the ECHO: "I had major surgery for the cancer in 2017 and then I had to learn to walk again.

"In 2019 I had to have limb reconstruction, so I've spent a fair amount of time immobile and being stuck in and he's just been amazing company."

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Emilee said she was first diagnosed with Olliers Disease in 2017, which she said turned cancerous.

Emilee Morrallis and her dog Finley, as he was protecting her

After putting sun tan lotion on her leg while on holiday, Emilee said she noticed a "weird dent" and she visited the doctors in June.

By September she said she couldn't walk and by December she was on morphine.

She said: "The report came back to say it was cancer, which is horrendous in itself, but I got Fin a few weeks before I ended up on crutches.

"I got him with the intention of wanting to walk him and I couldn't do that. I felt for him because he was so young and I was stuck in for such a long time."

Fin's emotional support and company got Emilee through this difficult time, she said.

She said: "Some days he was the only company I had. He's just such a happy soul and he's really comforting.

Emilee Morrallis' dog, Finley

"He would be very protective over me. He was so careful with me and was fine with the crutches. He'd follow me everywhere to make sure I was safe and he was such good emotional support.

"I think I would have lost my marbles without him."

Fin was diagnosed with a primary brain tumour – which cost Emilee £2,700 alone to find out.

She is hoping to save Fin's life with treatment because of how much he's helped her, and has started a GoFundMe page in order to raise funds for him.

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She said: "He's been through everything with me, so the thought of him having this diagnosis now is hard.

"I want him to have the same options as I did for treatment. I want to save him, but we're talking between £6,000 and £12,000.

"It's just soul destroying, how can I not get him the help he needs when he was my help?"

She added: "There are treatment options available, including surgery and radiation, but they're expensive, and even though we have pet insurance, there is a big shortfall, so we will still need to put a significant amount towards his treatment (at least £6000)."

Emilee said the support she's had for her GoFundMe page has been "really positive," with friends and family all doing their best to raise funds.

Her GoFundMe page can be viewed here.

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