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Miraculous recovery of severely abused dog warms hearts

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Dogs can do incredible things. And this astonishing rescue pup is no exception. He has defied the odds and is living a happy life despite the worst possible start.

By Natasha James

Published on the 16/02/2020, 20:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:32


Caution: Content may be distressing for some readers

The Saving Huey Foundation is no stranger to rescuing animals, oftentimes from very difficult circumstances, but when they received a call about a 3-month old puppy who'd had firecrackers strapped to his mouth and then been left for dead, things were a little different.

The poor dog's jaw had been blown apart and the rescuers thought he may have to be put down.

A fight for survival

The rescue charity reached out to a vet named Dr Briseno to see if there was any chance of the dog surviving. The vet deemed that enough of the pup’s jaw was intact that he would be able to lead a happy life and immediately set to work.

The rescue team named the incredible pooch Braveheart and following months of surgery to rebuild his muzzle and add in a prosthetic jaw, the little guy was moved to a comfy sanctuary with other dogs.

A happy, loving dog

Despite his awful start to life, little Braveheart is now a friendly, loving pooch.

He loves to play, is full of energy and is known to lavishly bestow kisses on all of his owners.

An life-affirming rescue efort

You could be forgiven for focusing on the monsters who did this to little Braveheart but instead, let's focus on the incredible rescue effort and the resilience of the gorgeous pup.

We wish you a long and happy life Braveheart and we're so glad that you were found.

Watch the little guy bark for cuddles with his family.


People have asked me if Brave Heart barks and what it sounds like. Yes, absolutely Brave Heart barks (a lot) and it sounds like any other dog. Here he is barking at me because Rosie won’t make room for him on the couch. Evening cuddles are a BIG thing around here and he’s yet to learn he has to wait his turn. Read Brave Heart’s story here: https://www.facebook.com/648671381910164/posts/1984652131645409?sfns=mo #savinghueyfoundation #finishingwhatwestarted

Posted by Saving Huey Foundation on Saturday, August 31, 2019
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