Rescue!: Buddies face got smashed!

Around noon today, Saturday 5/27, I came across this brown and white pit who I have been calling buddy.  Buddy took a nasty blow to the face via train down on campbell street here in Sandusky and was abandoned by his owners.  X-rays show that his organs and bones are intact, he has a small fracture in his jaw and a large laceration above his eye.

He was rushed to the Animal Emergency hospital in Lorain and has been receiving treatment since.  Fluid IV, pain medication and sedation, x-rays and blood work have been administered and when the swelling goes down he is to have surgery to get his eye closed back up.  The staff here has been nothing short of amazing, treating this little guy to the best of their abilities and showing him a whole lot of love.

Buddies owners had been relatively indifferent throughout this process and had left him to die.  In a conversation with the Lorain Sheriff it was revealed that one family member had purposely released him in hopes that he would be struck by a car.  The owner then stated they will not be making it to the animal hospital due to "anxiety" and that Buddy should just be put down instead of saving his life.

There are several more details that are less than savvy and the animal hospital chose to involve the police. Control of buddy was ultimately relinquished to me giving me full right to make decisions on his behalf. Buddy was able to stand and although the extent of his head trauma is still being reviewed, the vets were highly optimistic and surprised with what his x-rays showed.  This guy was not ready to give up! He was extremely malnourished and obviously neglected prior to this accident, but a full healthy recovery is expected. 

This situation was truly humbling in so many ways.  I am asking for donations to keep Buddies treatment going and help him on the road to recovery. Any little bit will help. He has a ranged estimate for his stay between 1[phone redacted].  This does not include any follow up appointments. Any proceeds that exceed his bill will be directly donated back to the Animal Emergency Hospital.

Once Buddy has made a full recovery he will be accepting visitors and could potentially be adopted into a caring home!  At no point through this ordeal did he seem agressive, but thankful and submissive. He was great with myself and the vets.  Lily and I are excited to get to know him and welcome him cautiously into our place for his recovery. 

Please spread the word! It is important to keep in mind that although dogs are "property" in the state of Ohio legally, we should respect the unconditional love they provide.  These creatures should not be used as a status symbol, to complete a persona, or entertainment through violence. 

With utmost thanks and respect,



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