Chunk of change: Dog eats over 100 pennies!

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- What would possess a dog to eat more than a hundred pennies? And how the heck do you get them out quickly, to save his life?

    Tim Kelleher isn't letting his best friend jack out of his sight, not after what the two went through on Friday. His 13-year old Jack Russell terrier had turned into a doggy bank, his belly bursting with a buck-eleven worth of pennies.

    I happened after he knocked over a bag with a bagel, and then a box of coins. Kelleher says, "The crumbs were there, the coins were there, and he licked them all up."

    The x-ray clearly shows the coin collection, which posed a lethal threat because of the zinc from the metal.

    But Dr. Amy Zalcman and her team at the BluePearl Veterinary Partners in midtown got their hands on Jack, just in time.

    In two hours, they emptied him five pennies at a time.

    You'd think the dog owner would want to keep the change as a souvenir, but no, it's the lifesaving vet who wants to hold on to the pennies for good luck. She says, "I think, 111 might be my new lucky number." Tim agrees. "Absolutely, Dr. Amy deserved all 111 pennies."

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