Houston, TX – A Texas rescue group is fighting to save the life of a dog who has suffered unimaginable cruelty. The dog, dubbed Valentino, was abandoned and he is skeletal because he cannot eat…because someone cut his tongue out.
This week, Make a Stand Bully Rescue said:
Our new guy is incredibly emaciated. So much so that he can barely stand or lift up his head, although he so desperately wants to. The veterinarian who worked his case today contacted out to a specialist at Gulf Coast, who has experience with dogs who have had their tongues partially or fully removed, often as a course of treatment for various oral cancers. In the good, ideal cases, a dog re-learns how to eat and drink water. But in a bad case, the prognosis can turn poor, very quickly.
This kiddo has *no* remnants of a tongue, at all. But it is deemed an old injury that has “healed” (meaning, it’s not a new wound or something that needs to be treated). It’s just gone. But the next – and possibly more alarming and heart & gut wrenching part – is whether he was intentionally starved… or was just unable to learn how to eat after this cruel torture he endured. If it’s the latter, his longterm prognosis isn’t good.
Describing the reason they have chosen to persevere and give this dog a chance.
The thing is? This dog WANTS to eat. He WANTS to live. He WANTS to stand and wag his tail. He WANTS to be loved. He is not giving up.
Valentino has a feeding tube and his team is hopeful that he will regain his strength. The group said:
So long as Valentino tells us he wants to continue, we will be right there cheering him on.
You can follow Valentino’s journey at this link to the group’s Facebook page. Options to donate for his care are provided on the organization’s page.
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