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One-legged chicken in cancer op
Eve the chicken
Eve is set to undergo further treatment
A Worcestershire couple are paying more than £1,000 on cancer treatment to save the life of their one-legged chicken.

Elaine Denney said the chicken, named Eve, was "a pet just as much as any of my other animals" and therefore she wanted to do what she could to save it.

Eve had her left leg amputated 18 months ago as a result of cancer. Now a tumour has been removed from her right leg and she will have more treatment.

Mrs Denney said she believed the pet still had "quality of life".

She said: "If you've got an animal that you love, whether it is four-legged, two-legged or in Eve's case one-legged it makes no difference - you still do what you can to cure the animal."

Mrs Denney said money was not the issue.

"I'm sure the majority of people out there.. if they found out that their dog or cat had got cancer they would move heaven and earth to get it treated as long as they thought that the animal had quality of life there after," she said.

She laid [an egg] in the car on the way to her veterinary appointment
Elaine Denney
"I wouldn't put Eve through it if I didn't think she still would have quality of life and if I thought she would suffer too much during the treatment."

Mrs Denney who works with her husband Chris at their small holding in Hatfield Norton, also praised the work of the Animal Health Trust in Suffolk, which is set to carry out radiation therapy on the bird following surgery at their local veterinary practice.

The trust said the bird had been diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer commonly seen in cats due to sunlight exposure.

Head of Oncology at the charity, Sue Murphy, said: "Although our clinics generally treat dogs, cats and horses, we are always willing to accept referrals of other species that can benefit from our specialist expertise and facilities."

Mrs Denney said the much-loved chicken had its own personality.

"They all behave slightly differently - they've all got their little quirks," she said.

She said Eve was also still regularly laying eggs despite her illness, although these could not be eaten because the bird was taking antibiotics.

"She laid one in the car today on the way to her veterinary appointment," she added.



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Eve has been treated for cancer at a cost of over £1,000



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