‘First Dog’ Of California, Gov. Brown’s ‘Sutter’ Has Cancer, Bleak Prognosis

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — California’s ‘First Dog,’ Gov. Jerry Brown’s dog “Sutter” has fallen critically ill and is facing a bleak prognosis.

Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said Tuesday that Sutter was rushed to an animal hospital last week and underwent emergency surgery. Veterinarians removed several masses suspected to be cancer from his intestines, lymph nodes and liver.

Westrup says the Browns are awaiting biopsy results but “the prognosis is likely to be very poor.”

Sutter is a 13-year-old Pembroke Welsh corgi owned by Brown’s sister, Kathleen Brown, until she moved out of state following Jerry Brown’s election as governor in 2010.

California's 'First Dog' Sutter attends the Humane Society of The United States 60th Anniversary Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Humane Society)

California’s ‘First Dog’ Sutter attends the Humane Society of The United States 60th Anniversary Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Humane Society)

The dog often accompanies Brown to the Capitol and promotes the governor’s policies to nearly 10,000 Twitter followers.

Westrup says “the first dog is a fighter and we’re all pulling for him.”

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