High Springs Dog With Extremely Rare Condition Passes Away
Published December 22nd, 2012
HIGH SPRINGS - The only animal known to suffer from a rare condition causing him to have half-a-brain has died.
'Cletus the Bloodhound' was born with an extremely rare condition called "open-lipped schizencephaly" which caused spinal fluid to leak into his skull cavity, damaging half of his brain tissue. Because of his condition, Cletus suffered from frequent seizures, and was put on a number of medications as a result.
Cletus' owner, Doug Silber, a High Springs resident, says he decided to donate the dog's remains to the University of Florida so he can live on through research.
Cletus' story was also featured in this month's "Our Dog's" magazine, which has an international readership of nearly 250,000.
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