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Photo by Grace Patuwo for Post-Gazette Harry Wamboldt, 60, of Whitehall, and his Yorkshire-Chihuahua mix, Baby Girl.

By Kaitlynn Riely for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Harry Wamboldt says he has long suffered from depression. But since October, when he learned he had Stage 4 lung cancer and one to two years left to live, he has sunk into despair.

Chemotherapy has made him weak and tired, and he spends most of his time in the one-bedroom apartment he shares with his wife in Whitehall.

In April, friends announced they were unable to take care of their dog, a 6-year-old Yorkshire terrier-chihuahua mix. Seeking a source of comfort, Mr. Wamboldt adopted her.

Baby Girl, as she is called, has become his constant companion.

“She’s always with me. She’s my little girl,” he said.

But last month he received an eviction notice from the management of the Whitehall Place apartment complex. The letter said he had violated the terms of his lease by having a dog.

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