When Courage was found, he did not even look like a dog because he had been badly treated. In August 2016, the poor 7-month-old dog was taken to Detroit police by people who found it in a cardboard box. The poor animal was dying and desperately needed help!
Then police officers immediately contacted the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue (DPC), an association that helps dogs in distress. “The dog looked like Frankenstein,” said Theresa Sumpter, founder and director of the DPC. “He did not look like a dog anymore.”
Theresa rushed to a veterinarian, who found many injuries in the small dog. Courage’s jaw was broken and the bone beneath her eyes was cracked, but the most serious one was a wound on his head … Not only was it swollen but also infected.
Nobody knows exactly what happened to Courage, but it’s obvious the poor dog was beaten before being thrown into that cardboard box. He was destined to die …
Courage’s chances of getting out of this incident without sequels were reduced. Fortunately, this did not discourage Lisa Rettino and her husband from adopting the animal. The couple, with a big heart, had already taken two dogs, Malcolm and Gracie, but when they saw Courage’s photo on the DPC’s Facebook page, they immediately knew they wanted to take care of him!
“My husband said,” We have to get in touch with them … If that little one survives, we’ll stay with him regardless of his special needs”, said Lisa. His wish came true a few weeks later, when Courage escaped after a long “fight for his life” at the veterinary clinic.
The dog was not yet fully healed as it continued to have problems with his paws, but it quickly adapted to its new home. The lovable dog immediately became fond of Lisa and began to follow her everywhere. Courage also made friends in just 2 days with the other two dogs, Malcolm and Gracie, who welcomed him with great joy!
“Gracie decided she was like her mother,” Lisa said. She is very protective of Courage, and he is very happy to have found a “mother” who loves him!
The poor animal did not even know how to play, but fortunately, he had good “teachers”. “It was so much fun watching him come out of his “shell “and learn to have fun, said Lisa.
In January, Courage had to return to the vet to amputate his front paw, but again, he recovered quickly!
Despite all he has gone through, Courage makes the most out of life. “He’s the happiest dog I’ve ever had. He wakes up with his tail moving and he just wants to play and get love all day,” Lisa said.
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