Images surfaced online of Henry, the seven-year-old golden retriever who has a 42-pound cancerous tumour and was allegedly abandoned by his owner.

NEWPORT BEACH: A Southern California woman who allegedly abandoned a dog with a 42-pound cancerous tumour has been charged with life-threatening animal abuse and neglect.

Sherri Haughton of Newport Coast was charged Wednesday with four misdemeanours that carry a potential two-year jail sentence.

A call to a woman of that name wasn’t answered Wednesday night.

Orange County prosecutors say Haughton dropped off her 7-year-old golden retriever, Henry, at an animal hospital in May and claimed she’d found him on a beach.

Before it was removed, Henry’s stomach tumour had nearly doubled his body weight. He’s now living with a foster family and receiving cancer treatment.

Officials say owners who can’t afford to treat their pets can turn them over to animal control or welfare agencies, which can foot the bill.--AP