LIFE OF THE PARK: Neo and owner Alex Jarufe at the Millions Paws Walk.
LIFE OF THE PARK: Neo and owner Alex Jarufe at the Millions Paws Walk. Noel Roberts

Time to say goodbye to giant dog battling cancer

IF you visit the Park St dog park, you're bound to know Alex Jarufe and his dog Neo.

Neo, or the "friendly giant", has cancer in his right leg which has spread through the bone.

Mr Jarufe and Neo took to the streets at the weekend for what would be their last Million Paws Walk.

On social media, Mr Jarufe said Neo was an incredible creature and the number of people the pet had touched in his life was immeasurable.

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Partner Nena Lee said Neo's leg couldn't be amputated because of his size.

She said while it has been extremely difficult, they needed to give Neo quality of life.

"Unfortunately there are no options. We have explored all avenues including two radiation sessions, two sessions of chemotherapy, trial drugs," she said.

"Simply, he would not be able to hold 100kg-plus on his three legs. He wouldn't survive the operation and rehabilitation."

Mr Jarufe will post a video of Neo's life on YouTube in the next few weeks.

He is calling on anyone who has a photo of the dog to send it to him.

"If you want to meet the big fella, I take him for a walk every afternoon after 5pm to the dog park on Park St," Mr Jarufe said.



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