Back in April, 2021, a dog was cruelly tortured by a 12-year-old and nearly lost his life. The boy set fire to the dog’s face and tied an electrical cord around his neck, and because the kid was only 12, he got to walk away without any consequences for his horrible actions.
The dog, Buddy, on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky. He was suffering immensely due to his injuries and required five skin grafts just to survive. His face was covered in 3rd and 4th degree burns.
Buddy, who was known as a playful neighborhood dog who loved children and people, was taken in by the Tunica Humane Society and transferred to the Mississippi State Veterinary Hospital for care.
His face and ears had to be tightly bandaged to allow the grafts to heal, so Buddy couldn’t see or do much of anything.
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However, there’s a glimmer of hope in his life since he was finally able to have his bandages removed!
The humane society shared on Facebook on August 4th that Buddy was doing great. They explained that his wounds were 95% healed, though his eyes needed to heal a bit more before being exposed to sunlight. Even so, they were able to reduce the number of bandages he had significantly.
His ears were no longer covered and the top of his snout was free, too. You could see the fresh, pink skin peeking out and getting to see the day for the very first time. It seemed Buddy’s spirits were in a much better place as well and he was getting back to his playful, energetic self.
Latest Update on Buddy❤He's doing great. Healthy body, happy heart. His latest picture speaks volumes about how he…
Then, on August 20th, the humane society revealed the moment they’d been praying would come: Buddy got his bandages fully removed!
They shared a video of Buddy playing fetch and you can see the joy in his eyes, getting to see for the first time in months.
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Posted by Tunica HumaneSociety on Friday, August 20, 2021
The organization explained that Buddy would be coming to live with them until they figure out the best permanent placement for him. They’re hoping to have him adopted with his best friend, a neighborhood dog he used to play with.
While he waits for his forever home, Buddy will be getting plenty of love and TLC from the humane society staff.
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