Max, a three-month-old puppy, was abandoned at a Philadelphia high-kill shelter with a deep bite wound on his neck and head. Based on his injury, veterinarians think he was used as a bait dog and he is lucky to be alive today.
“The injuries to the top of his head have taken the muscle off all the way down to his skull so his skull is visible right now,” Dr. Tim Schwab of VMD Metropolitan Veterinary Associates told My Fox Philly.
When Home at Last Dog Rescue learned on October 12, 2014, that this young dog had been abandoned at the high-kill shelter, the organization rushed over to help him. Thanks to them, Max now has a fighting chance at survival.
“It was a hard 24 hours to know what was gonna happen,” said Chrissy Cutulli of Home at Last Dog Rescue, “He’s probably the worst case we’ve ever seen.”
According to Dr. Schwab, the young dog was attacked by a large dog, one “with a lot of jaw power.” Max’s injury appears to be one major bite if not two in the same area.
The bait puppy is recovering and is currently under Cutulli’s foster care. Every day, Cutulli takes the dog into the hospital for bandage changes and other medical checks.
“It breaks my heart. Totally breaks my heart to see him in that much pain and that he’s you know only three months old, somebody could do that to him,” said Cutulli.
Last Dog Rescue expects Max’s medical cost to run well over $10,000. An online donation fund is available for anyone willing to help. You can make a donation here.
It is difficult to understand why anyone would like to hurt animals, let alone a sweet puppy like Max.
“He is just happy and sits and wags his tail, licks your face, and is just happy to be alive,” said Schwab.
Once Max receives a clean bill of health, he will be available for adoption.
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