On day 14 of Pier, the black Labrador retriever's miraculous recovery story from second and third degree burns on his body, legs, and face, over 5700 "likes" on his Facebook page titled "Help save Pier, the Lab who was set on fire," are grateful and ecstatic that one young black dog who must have suffered terribly at the hands of someone evil, now wants to play with a tennis ball and receive hugs from everyone helping him.
Almost three weeks ago, a humane officer from BARC, the city of Houston's Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility found the black, purebred Labrador retriever wandering the streets near the Hobby Airport. Over half of the dog's body was burned.
According to kbtx.com, Scout's Honor Rescue took over and immediately rushed the dog to an emergency clinic. The veterinarians suggested the seriousness of Pier's condition should be addressed at the Small Animal Clinic at Texas A&M's School of Veterinarian Medicine.
Within a few days of treatment, Pier was already wagging his tail and holding a tennis ball in his mouth.
Veterinarians estimated Pier had spent at least a week roaming the streets after someone likely doused him with gasoline, set him on fire, and then left the one-year-old dog to die an agonizing death. Surprisingly, Pier had no infections at the site of his open wounds and burns. Indeed his story is a miracle.
On Wednesday his update on Facebook stated:
"Day 14: Pier was put under today to change all his bandages and the doctors said everything looks good and is healing well. While Pier was under anesthesia today the doctors noticed he had a broken tooth, so they called the dentist to look at it. The dentist ended up removing the tooth, but said that he is fine.
We were also told that Pier's favorite vet is getting to hang out with him when there is not a lot going on. So he is getting plenty of love and attention, and loving every minute of it."
And there is more good news; Pier is expected to make a full recovery, however he will always have special needs for his scars that will require sunscreen and wearing tee shirts.
Will it ever stop amazing humans how forgiving our four-legged friends can be? A representative from Scout's Honor Rescue said Pier is just a sweet, loving dog.
Why would anyone want to hurt this dog?
There have been no clues as to the culprit(s) who did this. Do you recognize this dog?
Pier is expected to remain at Texas A& M for several more weeks as his wounds heal. After that he is scheduled to go to his foster home.
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