Rescued Bait Dog Found to Have No Tongue

hooch When a stray French Mastiff named Hooch was rescued in California his rescuers had no idea just how badly he had been abused. The rescue organization Marley’s Mutts has seen lots of cases of horrible dog abuse but what they discovered about Hooch shocked them.

Zack Skow of Marley’s Mutts rescued Hooch and brought him to the San Joaquin Vet Hospital. They were trying to figure out what was wrong with Hooch’s jaw and why he was struggling to eat, so they took an x-ray of his mouth. That’s when they made the horrifying discovery, Hooch didn’t have a tongue.

“His mouth didn’t have a tongue,” said Thomas J. Willis of San Joaquin Vet Hospital. “Absolutely no tongue at all, not even a stump.”

In addition to having no tongue, Hooch’s ears were not docked but actually chopped off. The vet and rescuers believe Hooch was used as a bait dog, and his tongue had been pulled and cut from his trachea.

“I can’t imagine the pain he has been through or how he has survived up to this point,” Skow posted on the Marley’s Mutts website. “Dogs need their tongues to perform a variety of essential actions such as eat dog food, drink water and PANT – dogs don’t sweat and rely on their tongues to help regulate temperature.”

With no tongue, the vet is equipping Hooch with an external feeding tube so he can take in nutrients and his life can be saved.

Despite what Hooch has endured and lost, rescuers say he hasn’t lost his heart.

“It tugs at my heart to think that somebody could do this to this poor dog,’ said Andrea Bertolucci, who works at the San Joaquin Vet Hospital. “He’s such a sweetheart and he just wants to be loved.”

To help provide for Hooch’s care you can make a donation by visiting his fundraiser website.




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    August 23, 2013 10:57 amPosted 7 months ago
    Jackson

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      August 23, 2013 1:08 pmPosted 7 months ago
      Jonsey

      You’re an IDIOT!!!!

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      October 12, 2013 10:36 amPosted 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      seems to me like u know too much mate !!!! worrying

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    August 23, 2013 11:14 amPosted 7 months ago
    Julie

    Bait dogs can be any dog. These use them to teach the fighting dogs to kill. So they will use puppies and kittens too. Just to see if the dog they want to fight will actually kill. That is why free pets on craigslist is so dangerous and why you can’t leave your pets outside in the yard unattended. They will steal them

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    August 23, 2013 11:26 amPosted 7 months ago
    Mon

    Glad you can tell that he doesn’t have any scars Jackson, because I can’t really.

    Glad you are just concerned about that.

    Poor Hooch, bless his heart.

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    August 23, 2013 12:13 pmPosted 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    Awww poor baby. He’s so cute. I love his teeth. :-)
    I hope from here on out his life is all about love and gentleness.

    Oh….and I hope the people who harmed him get karma’s foot deeply plunged up their asses.

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    August 23, 2013 1:04 pmPosted 7 months ago
    Cheryl F

    Such evil, it’s incomprehensible.

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    August 23, 2013 1:31 pmPosted 7 months ago
    H Luebner

    It doesn’t matter if he had been used as a bait dog or not. The point of the matter is that SOMEBODY horribly abused this dog. His ears did not naturally grow that way and for anyone to cut the tongue off a brachycephalic dog is sentencing the dog to death!

    I own a French Mastiff and they are the most gentle of dogs. When I take a picture of my dog, his scars from a previous owner that abused him do not show because of his fur.

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    August 23, 2013 1:40 pmPosted 7 months ago
    Dave

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    August 23, 2013 8:25 pmPosted 7 months ago
    Ellen

    If the law for animal abusers were more harsh, life life behind bars…

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      August 28, 2013 8:06 pmPosted 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      Life behind bars is too good for that kind of evil. There is no fear in what the punishment could be and they keep doing it – the punishment needs to be severe so that they hopefully would think twice about doing something horrible to an animal or child or person. If you are cruel to an animal – you are cruel to a person / child. Evil is evil and deserve to be treated the same.

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    August 29, 2013 2:53 pmPosted 7 months ago
    Sherry

    Why would they not consider a dog tongue transplant…. jusy like a heart, eye, kidney etc. I would think it is worth a try.

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    December 7, 2013 6:48 pmPosted 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Such terrible people

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    February 12, 2014 8:57 pmPosted 2 months ago
    Luke Thomas

    Did you know it’s a federal crime now to attend dog fighting. It was signed to law by President Obama as part of the Farm Bill.

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