Sad & Scared Dog Who Had His Ears Ripped Off Just Wants to Cuddle & Find a Forever Home
After a dog was brutally attacked by two other dogs, Greenville County Animal Care put out an urgent call for a volunteer to transport the injured dog to a veterinary clinic.
Fran Alexay Rizzo, an animal lover, answered the call.
Legend was rescued after two women walking around heard a noise in a house. They went to look and saw two pit bulls attacking the dog. All three dogs were taken to the Greenville County Animal Care Center.
When Alexay first saw Legend, he was covered in blood and bite marks. His left ear had been ripped off, his right ear was hanging from a wire and he had bite marks all over his body.
“You could see all the puncture wounds from the shoulders forward,” Rizzo told the Greenville News. “Some of the wounds were deep and blood was coming out when he moved.”
“The emergency vet wasn’t sure he was going to make it,” she said. “Nothing was obviously broken. But the trauma to his body from all those injuries was so great. And there’s only so much a little body can take.”
But Legend is a fighter and he survived his first night. For several days, he underwent surgery, hydration and tube feeding. And he started to get better.
His injuries swelled a few days later. But he slowly recovered. With medical bills piling up, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC offered to help pay for his medical expenses. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the group, said, “We are thrilled with the outcome and happy that he is alive. It’s a miraculous story and it has touched a lot of people.”
Legend’s hearing is fine, but his ears are gone and he is covered in scars. But he is nothing but happy. His tail is constantly wagging and he loves nothing more than to shower Fran with kisses.
“If you judge a book by its cover, you might miss out on an amazing story,” Fran says of Legend. “He’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever welcomed into my life,” she enthuses. “He constantly wants hugs and kisses.”
Fran says she thinks about keeping Legend every day because the two dogs have bonded so closely. But she knows she can’t keep taking in more dogs for Greenville County Animal Care, which desperately needs foster families.
In the meantime, Fran and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC are determined to find Legend the best home possible.
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