Only a few days after he was found behind a Greenville coffee shop chained and bloodied, a dog is thriving even without one of his legs and his tail.
Now named Venti because he was found near a local Starbucks, the Pekingese-Shih Tzu mix pup is healing and hopping around in a much improved condition than when he was found Monday.
Susan Bufano, of Greenville County Animal Care, said veterinarians believed the dog was injured after he was run over or dragged. His condition was so bad he had to have one of his legs and his tail amputated.
"He was extremely scared and in a lot of pain, so much so he wouldn't let anybody touch him," Lori Jewell with Pet Tender Angels rescue group said. "He was very aggressive, his back leg and his tail were completely shattered and mutilated."
Pet Tender Angels rescue group is paying for and taking care of Venti after Greenville County first took him and could only provide so much help for free. Pet Tender Angels is a rescue group that helps rehabilitate animals.
"They sent out an urgent plea for immediate assistance, and you know, he touched my heart and I contacted them and said 'I want that little guy,'" Jewell said.
Jewell said Venti needed to learn to trust again, needed surgery and some loving care. Even after the amputations, she said he is adjusting fine without either.
"Two hours after the surgery, he was up bouncing around, and kissing everybody at the vets office and loving life," Jewell said.
Rescuers don't know much about Venti. They said he is housebroken and about 2 years old, but how he ended up in such bad shape remains a mystery.
"It was believed that he was attacked by a dog while possibly on that chain, but we've since learned he was possibly hit by a car," Jewell said.
Jewell said they hope to get him in a home quickly, as soon as in a few weeks, once he fully recovers.
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