A dog that lost its snout after being mistreated found a home forever after undergoing life-changing surgery.
The footage shows the one-year-old puppy, Millie, before undergoing life-changing surgery, with a long, flexible tongue hanging from under his crushed snout.
Clips show her bounding enthusiastically up to the vets who saved her life and bounding in a field in her adopted town of Brighton.
Born as a mongrel in Russia, Millie was found dying in the streets by animal activists. She was shot in the face several times.
When Millie was rescued from the cold, she was trying to rip the rotten mess out of her snout away from her own face.
Fortunately, Millie’s horrendous journey caught Kasey’s attention.
After weeks of fundraising and sending e-mails to the Russian animal sanctuary Vyberimenya, where Millie was based, Kasey was able to negotiate the evacuation of Millie to the UK.
She negotiated via Google translate and, with the help of her employers, the Wild At Heart Foundation, an animal rescue organization that seeks to combat the world’s 600 million abandoned dog population.
Since arriving in the UK just over a month ago, Millie has undergone further surgery to help her lead a normal life.
Her right eye has been removed – as it was underdeveloped after bullet fragments were incorporated during her painful months.
Kasey, who was born in Scotland, was delighted with the latest fluffy addition to her family.
She said: “When I saw her, I just fell in love with her instantaneously. She had no nose and a tube to help her breathe and smell but she was just so happy in her videos. My heart melted and I had to have her.”
“My desire to give her a loving home only increased after I heard about her story. When she was picked up, her face was just totally shattered, a complete mess. She was trying to claw away the rotting mulch where her nose had been. “
“It’s possible that she was hit by a car but it’s much more likely she was stamped on as her injuries are almost all on her face. There were several bullets in her too. We’re not sure if she was used as target practice before or if someone tried and failed to euthanize her – it’s more likely to be the former sadly.”
“I found Millie’s images on Instagram and then I posted in every one of her photos and sent multiple messages to get in contact and see if she’s still available for adoption. I finally google translated my messages and Irina from the shelter Vyberimenya spoke with me.“
“In less than three weeks her Russian shelter had raised the transport fees while in the UK I fundraised in the UK and in partnership with my charity Wild at Heart Foundation. In less than a week we had raised the funds to get her the specialist care she needed that would give her the life-changing surgery she desperately needed.“
Kasey is currently taking care of four dogs: Mishka, Maggie and Millie, and Bella.
Millie’s older sister, Maggie, melted the country’s heart last year when her story went viral. Maggie, five-years-old, was found in terrible condition in her homeland, Lebanon: tied to a box with her eyes wide open, her ear cut off, her jaw broken and bullet wounds all over her body.
Fortunately, after a hard campaign to raise funds to rescue her, Maggie found a new home in Brighton with her dog lover Kasey. Maggie is now a much sought-after therapy dog and has been nominated for a national bravery award.
When Maggie’s tragic origin story was first told, vets believed Maggie had been shot 17 times. New x-rays show she actually has well over 200 pellets riddled in her body, making her remarkable recovery practically miraculous.
Kasey added: “My dad always said that I’d bring home Bambi if I saw him at the side of the road”.
“I’ve always loved animals and always wanted to be a vet or conservationist when I got older. Now I get to work as an animal rescuer and therapist and it’s just the best work. I love it”.
“I love all my pets equally and they’re just normal dogs, none of them suffer at all. They eat, drink, and play like any other dog. They’re super happy and they make everyone they meet happy too”.
“Considering everything they’ve been through, their spirit just constantly overwhelms me. They have so much love to give and they just want to be around people making them happy. They’re perfect”.
Source: Daily Mail