WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT!
Normally, on the internet, we usually see cute photos of animals and heart warming stories..
This one is a little different and if you can’t bare to see what this little puppy had to suffer through, look away now..
This is Braveheart, sadly his nose was blown off by firecrackers. He was found by an animal rescue charity in Sonora, Mexico.
He recovered with them for two months before travelling to The Saving Huey Foundation in California, US to undergo much needed reconstructive surgery.
Tracy Lystra, 44, who runs the charity went ahead and kindly funded Braveheart’s recovery. Now he lives a happier life, playing with other dogs, not letting his unique look bring him down.
Ms Lystra revealed that the damage to Braveheart’s jaw was so devastating that he had to have a prosthetic one made.. at least they could do something.
“I was contacted by someone in Mexico about Braveheart, they sent me a picture of him and my first instinct was to have the poor dog 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.”
People who had to work closely with the puppy were devastated about what had happened and it was tough for some to face it. Ms Lystra said that her job requires a thick skin but even things like this are extremely difficult to deal with emotionally.
“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’
Ms Lystra 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”
“While Saving Huey Foundation does not condone suffering, we do want to offer second chances to the lives that can sustain such an offering.”
Now that Braveheart has a new jaw, he can look forward to living a life full of happiness and love.