A puppy who had part of his face blown off after abusers allegedly placed a firecracker in his mouth, has now undergone reconstructive surgery on his jaw.
The one-year-old pup, known as Braveheart, was found in Sonora, Mexico, by an animal rescue team that contacted the Saving Huey Foundation to adopt him following his surgery. The damage caused by the firecracker was so extensive that he now has a prosthetic jaw. Needless to say, he was extremely lucky to survive the attack.
Following the reconstruction, Braveheart recovered at the veterinary practice for two months until he was well enough to make the 11-hour drive to the foundation. He has been staying at their sanctuary for the last two months now.
The Saving Huey Foundation is a charity run by 44-year-old Tracy Lystra. Upon hearing about the horrifying ordeal Braveheart was forced to endure, the foundation did everything they could to help the pooch. They paid for his recovery and to have him sent to the US so that he could live in their sanctuary.
Writing on their official Facebook page, the Saving Huey Foundation said in a post:
“A few days ago I was contacted about a dog located in Sonora, Mexico. After seeing the intake picture my initial thought was to have the poor dog put down. I’ve seen damage similar to this in pictures before and it’s been the result of firecrackers being placed in an animals mouth. Obviously the destruction is devastating and usually fatal.
“While one side of the bottom jaw is severely damaged, the vet feels there’s enough remaining jaw for ‘Brave Heart’ to be able to eat and drink. The damage to the nose and nasal cavity has been cleared of necrotic tissue as well as sewn back together. Brave Heart has been hospitalized for the past three days and will remain so for an unknown amount of time.
“Saving Huey Foundation will be covering Brave Heart’s medical bills, not only in Mexico, but here in the U.S. as well. As long as Brave Heart is stable enough to be moved, he may be joining us as early as next week; time will tell and we certainly won’t push it.
“We want what’s best for Brave Heart and will make all decisions accordingly.”
Lystra was contacted by an individual in Mexico, with whom she works, and they told him about Braveheart. They sent Lystra a picture of the puppy and she said her immediate instinct was that the dog should be put down.
“I had never done any rescue in that area so was unsure of the vets out there but a friend told me about Dr. Briseno, who thought he could help.”
“A new jaw was made for Braveheart, and he has had four surgeries to rebuild his jaw.”
The trauma inevitably had its own impact on those working with the pup. As Ms Lystra commented, whilst her job requires a thick skin, events like these are nevertheless incredibly difficult to digest.
“I am able to take a lot of what I see and hide it from my emotions, but there are times it definitely catches up with me,’ she admitted.
Nonetheless, she believes her commitment to animal welfare is materialised by giving them the best chance in life.
“Many people see an animal in pain and either turn a blind eye to it or want to end the animals’ life,” she said.
“While Saving Huey Foundation does not condone suffering, we do want to offer second chances to the lives that can sustain such an offering.”
And we are so happy she did. With Braveheart’s new jaw firmly in place, he can now look forward to a long life post the trauma of the incident.
We’re wishing Braveheart a speedy recovery!