Ailing dog found with stuffed polar bear in stomach

In this Monday, March 14, 2016 photo provided by the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Honey, a Dogue de Bordeaux, recovers at the shelter's Thaw Animal Hospital in Santa Fe, N.M., after a stuffed polar bear was removed from her intestines. (Ben Swan/The Santa Fe Animal Shelter via AP)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A veterinarian helped save the life of an ailing New Mexico dog after discovering the source of the pup’s pain — a 6-inch long, 2-inch wide stuffed polar bear.

Santa Fe Animal Humane officials told KRQE-TV in Albuquerque that the bear was discovered in the dog’s stomach during surgery.

A veterinarian said the dog named “Honey” had been sick for about a week and would have likely died within two days.

The dog is now expected to survive.

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