Surgery on ailing Great Dane yields 43 1/2 socks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable, retching and vomiting, when his owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital.

It was something he ate! X-rays showed a stomach full of "a large quantity of foreign material." Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer -- the dog had consumed 43 1/2 socks.

The Oregonian reports that DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch says it's perhaps the strangest case in the hospital's history.

So strange that the hospital entered last February's tale, complete with X-rays and photos of the recovered socks, in an annual contest sponsored by a magazine for veterinarians and won a prize. Fittingly enough, it's called "They Ate WHAT?"

Harch confirms the dog is alive.  No word on what it's been eating lately.

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