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Greedy puppy Spud gets sock treatment at vet's.

Byline: By Tom Bedford

A pet-lover was baffled when her socks kept disappearing, then discovered her tiny puppy was eating them.

The terrier called Spud swallowed four of Jenna Jones's sports socks before he was found out.

Jenna, 19, from Ystradgynlais, was puzzled over her disappearing socks and thought they were stuck inside her washing machine.

But then she saw Spud scoffing one and feared the worst.

Shop worker Jenna took six-month-old Spud to a vet who inserted a tiny camera into the foot-long puppy's stomach.

Vet Steve Howard said, 'I was expecting to find just one sock and was amazed to see two pairs in Spud's stomach.'

Spud was given a general anaesthetic for Steve, 33, to remove the four socks in an hour-long operation.

He said, 'I managed to locate a toe of each of the socks and grab it with forceps and pull each one out.

'I'm glad that we solved the mystery of the missing socks but it was a real shock to find out where they were.

'I've removed all sorts of things from dog's stomachs but this is the first time I've performed a sock-ectomy.'

When Yorkshire terrier- cross Spud came round he was given antibiotics and has made an excellent recovery with no long-term damage from his sock snack.

Keep-fit fan Jenna said, 'I was puzzled for weeks about the missing socks until I saw Spud eating one.

'I couldn't believe it when I was told Spud had four socks in his tummy. He's only little. I don't know where he put them.

'The vet thinks that the reason for his sock fetish is that he was attracted to my smelly feet.'

The operation was done at the Swansea Pet Aid Hospital which is run by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 1, 2004
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