Bandit, a middle-aged Pug who suffered from horrific trauma.
This is his story:
Dr. Jennifer Good will never forget the September morning when she first saw Bandit in the intensive care unit at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) a community partner veterinary hospital of the ASPCA.
“He was thin, his lower jaw was broken, and he had burns on all four paws and other parts of his body,” recalls Dr. Good, a former staff doctor for AMC’s Emergency and Critical Care unit. “He smelled like his skin was rotting.”
Bandit had suffered severe thermal burns—some third degree—consistent with scalding water.
Despite his agonizing injuries, Bandit still enjoyed the company of people. “We couldn’t figure it out,” says Dr. Good, referring to the more than two dozen AMC staff members who were integral to his early care. “He was like our mascot. We were amazed at his spirit.”
An investigation was launched, and police later concluded Bandit’s injuries were not caused intentionally—a silver lining for the small dog.
Dr. Good and the staff at AMC treated Bandit’s burns with antibiotic therapy, intravenous fluids and topical medicine. He received pain medication and blood transfusions for anemia. Dr. Stephen Riback, Staff Doctor at AMC’s Dentistry Service, repaired Bandit’s jaw fracture and extracted 12 teeth.
Dr. Good walking Bandit with daughters Vida, left, and Tess.
As fall moved into winter, Bandit’s hair grew back in patches, and scar tissue formed where other burns had dried. His jaw healed.
On March 29, six months to the day after Bandit was transferred to the ASPCA, Dr. Good and her family officially adopted him.
“I knew right from the beginning that Bandit had to be with me and my family,” she explains. “I felt very bonded to him. He’s a special soul.”
A middle-aged Pug whose recovery from horrific trauma is a testament to one creature’s capacity for endurance and courage.
marksanimalrescue.com wants to thank ASPCA for this beautiful story about a little dog with much courage and even under the most stressful times this little dogs love of people.
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