A little over a month ago, a lady in Houston sent out a plea for help via Facebook for a severely mangled pit bull who showed up on her porch. She had no idea what to do. That plea came to the attention of several dog rescue volunteers - one of whom stepped up to assess the situation and rescue the dog. That volunteer is Nick Pena (one of AJL’s own). When he arrived at the house, all he could see was a pile of blankets on the front porch and he worried the dog wandered off. As he got closer, he could see the blankets moving and realized the pup was so emaciated that she was barely visible.
As Nick raised the blankets, he comprehended the situation was much worse than anyone anticipated. Several gaping wounds were apparent on the side of the dog’s face – holes really – and, she was skin and bones with some obvious back leg issues.
Despite everything, this dog still was eager to love and be loved. As the blankets were lifted, her big brown eyes look up and her tail wagged. Nick lifted the pup into his car, got her home and fed, and proceeded to make the first of many veterinary appointments.
Before going any further, this pup needed a name. Due to a broken hip, she could only hop around the house and yard ... Thus, the name Bunny seemed to choose itself!
Over the next few weeks and after many consultations with vets, Nick had a better idea of what might have happened to Bunny. Bunny is believed to have been a pet at some point – she’s friendly and comfortable in a house and yard. The thought is she was stolen by someone and used to breed, and when they were finished with her, she was used as a bait dog and then thrown out like trash. The wounds on her face were so deep you could stick your fingers completely through to her mouth.
Bunny was so underweight when she was found that she could barely stand. Over the past few weeks she’s put on a significant amount of weight that has helped her body to heal. Due to the severity and number of injuries, Bunny has an extensive list of medical needs:
Bunny has a long road ahead. She recently underwent surgery to remove the dead skin on her face and stitch up the holes. Thanks to the kind donation of a friend, Bunny is utilizing the hyperbaric oxygen chambers at All Creatures Hyperbaric Care. Her skin already is healing so well, and these treatments will promote the healing 10x faster! The next procedure for Bunny will be to amputate her ear and repair her broken hip.
- Facial surgery to close wounds
- Remove inner ear
- Surgery to repair broken hip
- Remove broken tooth
- Plus, all the normal necessary for her to be adopted into a forever home:
- Spay surgery
- Heartworm treatment
Through all she’s endured, Bunny’s personality proves to be a shining example of a pit bull: loving, snuggly and forgiving. She shows no signs of aggression and, even though her body bears the marks of a life lived without care, Bunny has so much to give. She is the sweetest pup and truly beating the odds and stereotypes associated with pit bulls. She is so lucky – because most bait dogs don’t make it out alive. We hope Bunny’s story will draw attention to the horrors of dog fighting and put a face to the victims of this tragic crime.
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