Not too long ago, a volunteer at the Greenville County Animal Care received an urgent phone call about an injured dog. Two women who just walking around heard some noises nearby their home. When they got closer, they realized that two other dogs were assaulting a fellow four-footer.
The poor pup had both of his ears ripped off and suffered several other severe wounds.
Tragically, he was able to defend himself against the two stronger and relentlessly aggressive pit bulls. He didn’t stand a chance. Fran Alexay Rizzo immediately went to the scene to get this pup to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
“They were ripping his ears off,” she said. “The woman who lived there … could not break up the fight. So animal control was called and they took Legend and the other two to Greenville County Animal Care.”
Fran brought him to the Greenville County Animal Care where he received first aid.
“It was horrifying,” Fran said to Greenville News. “His left ear was completely gone. And his right ear was barely hanging on.”
The pup, named Legend, was in a very bad medical condition. His left ear was completely gone, and his right ear was hanging very, very loosely. Unfortunately, the vet was forced to amputate it. Legend was completely drenched in his own blood and suffered from multiple bite wounds across his body.
“You could see all the puncture wounds from his shoulders forward,” the woman told. “A couple wounds were deep where blood was coming out when he moved.”
When Legend was brought in, the emergency vet couldn’t assure that the pup was going to make it.
“The ER vet was not sure if he was going to make it,” Fran recalls. “Nothing was visibly broken. But the trauma to his body from all these wounds was just so great.
“And there’s only so much a little body can sustain.”
Luckily, Legend never stopped fighting.
After emergency surgery and medication, Legend slowly started to recover.
“It was overwhelming to watch him go through this process. He was completely out of it,” Fran told. “But he made it through the first night.”
He did need a feeding tube for the first few weeks because the pup didn’t want to eat. Fran visited Legend every single day hoping that his condition improved.
“His body was still so swollen,” she said. “They said the third day is going to be the worst. And it was. But then he started to get better and better every day.”
The medical costs for Legend exceeded $9,000 dollars, but Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was more than happy to help with the bills.
“We’re predominately a medical rescue and we knew he needed immediate care or he was going to die. He was critical and in shock,” co-founder of Rescue Dogs Jackie O’Sullivan said.
“And from then forward we were responsible for him financially and for his after-care and finding him a home,” she said. “We’re thrilled with the outcome and glad he’s alive. It’s a miraculous story and he’s touched a lot of people.”
Legend’s health and personality improved on a day-to-day basis. Despite missing both of his ears, the pup’s hearing was relatively alright. His tail is constantly waggling around and he’s always excited. Legend even shows some affection to people he likes by giving them small kisses.
When Legend was finally able to leave the hospital, Fran decided to take him in and foster the pup until he finds a loving forever home.
“He’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever fostered in my life,” she posted on her Facebook page. “He constantly wants hugs and kisses.”
Even though Fran would like to keep him permanently, she’s devoted to taking care of as many animals as possible by fostering them. She hopes that Legend’s story will inspire others to foster pets who need some tender loving care.
“I think about keeping him every day because I love him,” she said. “It’s a tough decision because we’re so bonded at this point. It’s hard to give him up. But I can’t foster and continue to help other dogs if I keep him. So it’s a choice I have to make.
“I wish 20 people would step up and stay, ‘I will foster for Greenville County Animal Care’ because we need more people,” Fran added. “But this is a challenge in the South.”
“He’s a beautiful dog and he is going to make someone extremely happy,” the woman concluded. “He’s a great pet.”
What a miraculous rescue and transformation! Legend certainly lives up to his name.
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