- Jackson County, Illinois, USA -
On Friday, January 3, a dog was forfeited to Carbondale Animal Control but he was in such horrific shape that he was immediately taken to the Southern Illinois Humane Society.
The Southern Illinois Humane Society was unable to treat the severe swelling on the dog's snout, and called St. Francis CARE (Community Animal Rescue and Education) for help.
The pooch was taken to the Murphysboro-based nonprofit on Monday, January 6. They named him Wyatt.
Wyatt had rubber bands that sealed his snout shut, but they were only found and removed the following Monday.
Doctor Kay Creese, St. Francis CARE Executive Director, said that they found the rubber bands when they were getting ready to intubate the furbaby for surgery.
It took more than two hours to remove them and they left cuts so deep that they go all the way to the bone. It is believed the bands were there for at least two weeks.
St. Francis CARE posts regular updates on Wyatt on their Facebook page and in yesterday’s one they wrote: “Wyatt is doing well. He is eating and enjoying all of the love he is receiving here at St. Francis. Wyatt's first reconstructive surgery is scheduled for in the morning and due to his risk of infection Dr. Creese isn't allowing him to have any visitors at this time. We will keep everyone updated here on Facebook. Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers.”
Police are investigating this case.
Pictures via St. Francis CARE