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Governor’s Dog Slated For Surgery To Remove Tumor

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Gov. Dayton with his dogs Dakota (L) and Mesabi (R).  (credit: Facebook)

Gov. Dayton with his dogs Dakota (L) and Mesabi (R). (credit: Facebook)

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Gov. Mark Dayton said over the weekend that his German Shepherd, Mesabi, was slated for surgery Monday to have a tumor removed.

On Saturday, the governor wrote on his Facebook page that he didn’t go to the Gopher girls hockey game because he learned that Mesabi likely had a cancerous tumor on his spleen.

Dayton wrote that he chose Mesabi, 10, and his sister, Dakota, from a litter in Coon Rapids in 2002.

If Mesabi’s tumor proves to be cancerous, the governor said he would probably love his dog to death – that is: he would not subject Mesabi to chemotherapy treatments.

Dayton did the same with Dakota, who also underwent surgery for what proved to be a cancerous tumor. She died in 2011.

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