Ellie was rescued by Smoky Mountain Animal Rescue of Tennessee (SMART) from a notorious location known for puppy mills and backyard breeders in Sweetwater. She had been dumped, and someone found her and dropped her off at the nearest vet’s office. It was obvious that Ellie had been used as a breeding dog before she found sanctuary at SMART. Lately, Ellie has been having problems with one of her back legs. Her doctor saw something concerning in her x-rays, so she was referred to a specialist at the Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville. Further diagnostics revealed that Ellie likely has bone cancer. HPAN covered Ellie’s consultation, exam, and x-rays. She will get a second opinion and hopefully be treated.