A year ago, a dog named Buddy made headlines after being the ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍ of a ʜᴏʀʀɪʙʟᴇ ʙᴜʀɴ ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ, perpetrated by a child, that ʟᴇꜰᴛ his face sᴇᴠᴇʀᴇʟʏ sᴄᴀʀʀᴇᴅ. But this dog has never ʟᴏsᴛ his sᴘɪʀɪᴛ, and over the past few months has undergone an incredible recovery — and now, one year later, his new owner confirmed the good news that Buddy is “fully ʜᴇᴀʟᴇᴅ” and doing great.
You may remember a dog named Buddy in Tate County, Mississippi. He was ʙᴜʀɴᴇᴅ last April by a young child. Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance said a juvenile confessed to ᴛʏɪɴɢ an ᴇʟᴇᴄᴛʀɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏʀᴅ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ the dog’s neck and sᴇᴛᴛɪɴɢ it on ꜰɪʀᴇ.
“Common sense dictates that children that have psychological problems that act out they usually start acting out very early, animals are their ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍs or other children who are unable to speak at that age,” said Doll Stanley, the director of the Justice for Animals Campaign at the animal protection nonprofit In Defense of Animals.
The Tunica Humane Society rescued Buddy and they have been working with the Mississippi State Veterinary Hospital, who has been ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛɪɴɢ Buddy’s ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅs. Buddy was ꜰᴀᴄɪɴɢ ʟɪꜰᴇ-ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ ɪɴᴊᴜʀɪᴇs when he first arrived at the vet ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ. The dog suffered 3rd and 4th degree ʙᴜʀɴs over most of his face. He has required multiple skin grafts for the deep ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅs.
Throughout the ʜᴇᴀʟɪɴɢ process Buddy’s face needed to be extensively ʙᴀɴᴅᴀɢᴇᴅ. “Without the bandages, Buddy would be pawing and rubbing his face and eyes to get some relief,” Sandy Williams, Founder and Director of Tunica Humane Society explained. “That could cause ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ to all the good that has been done so far. So for now, Buddy’s face has to remain covered.”
After 10 months of ʙᴜʀɴ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛs including a series of skin grafts, Buddy the dog has been released from hospital and ready to step back into life as a fur-baby.
The Tunica Humane Society says Buddy was discharged from Mississippi State’s veterinary hospital Tuesday night. It’s a day they’ve prayed for. “We have celebrated every obstacle he has conquered along the way. His courage and determination to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ has inspired us all,” said the humane society.
As for Buddy’s new “pawrent”, Buddy’s doctor, Dr. Betsy Swanson has opened her heart and home temporarily until Buddy can find his forever home. “What better place for Buddy to live out his life than with the extraordinary doctor that ꜰᴏᴜɢʜᴛ so hard to ʜᴇᴀʟ him,” said the humane society.
Since having the bandages removed Buddy is enjoying games of fetch and playing with toys again. He’s also gotten a whole lot happier and is much more like the dog he was before his ɪɴᴊᴜʀɪᴇs. Buddy lived in a neighborhood where he often roamed with his canine buddy Snoop and is said to have played with the local children and been a very loving and trusting dog. Buddy has been living in a foster home with Dr. Swanson, and the vet confirmed that Buddy is living his best life.
It’s ʜᴏʀʀɪꜰɪᴄ to think about what Buddy went through, but we’re so glad to see how far he’s come over the past year. Thank you to all the vets who have helped him through his miraculous recovery.