About a week later, while Gertrude was recovering from surgery, a puppy named Clementine arrived at the clinic.
Clementine had an equally sad, but entirely different, story. She and her three littermates were being kept as pets, but their owner dumped them at the clinic when they got sick and didn't return for them.
"They came in in very poor condition, and they'd been away from their mother for maybe about a week," Camblor said. "They were tiny - maybe about a pound each. Everybody was very sick. The clinic staff did their best, but Clementine was the only puppy who survived."