1. ITV Report

Maisy the St Bernard with penchant for eating teddy bears

What's all the fuss about? Credit: Newsline PR

Staff at a Yorkshire vets were astonished when an operation on a poorly St Bernard dog revealed the suspected 'cancerous mass' in her stomach was infact four teddy bears.

Maisy's owners, Jane and James Dickinson from Roberttown, near Dewsbury, feared the worst when the eight-year-old dog went under the knife at Paragon Veterinary Referrals, in Wakefield.

A CT scan had shown a mass on her spleen, along with an unusually full stomach. But when vet Nick Blackburn carried out an operation to remove the spleen, he made the surprising discovery of four more or less intact, if rather soggy, teddy bears in Maisy's stomach.

Contents of Maisy's stomach Credit: Newsline PR

It’s fair to say this was not something we were expecting to find! We all know certain dogs enjoy chewing things they shouldn’t but managing to devour four full teddy bears is quite a feat.

– Vet Nick Blackburn
Not looking good on scan Credit: Newsline PR

Mr Blackburn said staff at the surgery were "delighted" the operation was a success and that they were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinson.

An equally delighted Mr and Mrs Dickinson said the toys didn't even belong to Maisy - but had been pinched them from the couple's own - and a relative's chihuahuas!

Delighted: Owner Jane Dickinson and Maisy Credit: ITV Yorkshire

When Maisy went in I did think ‘is she coming out?’ but she is loving life now – it’s like she’s got her youth back. The toys weren’t even hers! She will steal the chihuahuas’ toys and play with them but I’ve never seen her trying to chew them. Her eating habits had been completely normal. I didn’t even recognise one of the toys – my brother also keeps chihuahuas and it turns out it belonged to his dog. Now it’s like she’s got a new lease of life. She is a good age for a St Bernard and has lived longer than any of the others we have had. She’s a one-off!”

– Owner Jane Dickinson