Buddy, a dog, made headlines a year ago after being the victim of a horrific burn attack by a child that left his face severely scarred.
But this dog never lost his spirit, and over the last few months, he’s made a remarkable recovery – and now, a year later, his new owner has confirmed that Buddy is “completely cured” and doing well.
Readers should be aware that this narrative contains some disturbing images.
In April of last year, Buddy originally made news when he returned home with horrific facial wounds after being set on fire. His skin was burned, and the scorching was so intense that his eyes swelled shut, rendering him blind. He was also wearing an extension cord around his neck, reportedly used to restrain him.
The attacker was later identified as a youngster who admitted to setting the dog on fire but could not be convicted due to Mississippi law, which specifies that no one under the age of 12 can be prosecuted.
Buddy’s injuries were so severe that he had to be turned to the Tunica Humane Society for care. His veterinarians were taken aback by the situation and warned that the dog-faced had a long road ahead, noting that his “prognosis isn’t good.”
Sandy Williams, director of the Tunica Humane Society, told FOX 13 that “it’s incomprehensible that someone could be so nasty.” “Buddy was a charming, non-aggressive dog. He followed the neighbourhood kids around.”
“Buddy’s vital signs are good,” Dr Elizabeth Swanson, associate professor and veterinary surgeon, told WTVA. “However, like with any burn patient, this is very much the bottom of a huge mountain to be climbed.”
Buddy was taken to Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine for further treatment, and the veterinarians were amazed by his cheerful attitude in the face of adversity.
In an update, the Humane Society stated, “He was in good spirits, wagging his tail, and quite cooperative.”
Buddy’s condition improved over time. Buddy could not see due to the bandages on his head, but vets were happy to discover that his eyelids had not been affected by the burns.
The Humane Society posted on Facebook, “He continues to move forward daily.” “He has never let his physicians down. The results of his skin grafts have been praised by all parties involved. Burn scars heal slowly, but Buddy is doing exceptionally well.”
“He demonstrated great improvement in the appearance of his face after his bandage change today.” Buddy is learning some basic commands as he recovers.”
Buddy had received skin grafts after a few months of progress, allowing him to return to his old self with fewer bandages gradually.
“He’s happier and more playful now that his ears are no longer bandaged. Last summer, the Tunica Humane Society stated, “I am sure he is feeling so much delight as he slowly gets his life back to normal.”
In August, Buddy reached a significant milestone when the bandages on his face were finally removed, allowing him to see for the first time in months.
The Humane Society wrote, “His eyes were open, and he was very conscious.” “YES, Buddy can still see, responding to your tens of thousands of prayers.”
“Buddy’s last true vision was in the final horrifying moments right before a child set fire to his face. This dog’s entire existence altered in the blink of an eye.”
For this sad dog, being able to see was a significant step toward returning to normalcy, and his carers believe his personality has begun to shine once more.
Sandy Williams, director of the Tunica Humane Society, told WREG that “Buddy’s whole disposition has changed since seeing the light of day.”
“He is happy and energetic and traversing the hospital’s corridors with a large big ball in his mouth. He’s crazy about balls. He carries them about with him so that everyone can see them.”
Buddy is now “completely healed,” according to the Humane Society, one year after he was horrifically burned.
Buddy has been in a foster home with Dr Swanson, and the veterinarian reported that Buddy is doing well.
The Tunica Humane Society said, “His face is now entirely healed.” “He no longer needs to wear an e-collar, which he enjoys! His days are now spent as they would be for any other dog. Playing fetch, going for long walks, and being spoilt for being such an amazing dog!”
“Buddy’s incredible recovery from his near-fatal injuries is truly a miracle, and all of Buddy’s caregivers should be extremely proud.”
Buddy’s treatment team at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine commemorated the event with a reunion with their patient and a celebration of Buddy’s recovery.
“Many surgeries, hugs from everyone in the hospital, and fetch games later, he’s thriving in his foster home!” the college stated on Facebook, alongside a photo of the happy and healed Buddy.
It’s heartbreaking to think of Buddy’s ordeal, but we’re thrilled to see how far he’s gone in the last year. Thank you to all veterinarians who assisted him in his miraculous recovery.