New Mexico

Dog expected to survive after stuffed animal removed from stomach

In this March 15, 2016 photo provided by the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Dr. Rick Snook, a veterinarian with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, gives Honey, a Dogue de Bordeaux, a hug after examining her at the shelter's Thaw Animal Hospital.

In this March 15, 2016 photo provided by the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Dr. Rick Snook, a veterinarian with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, gives Honey, a Dogue de Bordeaux, a hug after examining her at the shelter's Thaw Animal Hospital.  (Ben Swan/The Santa Fe Animal Shelter via 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.