Stitch This tiny little puppy, an English Mastiff, was headed for death. He is one of 14 puppies born to a mother that was only nine months old, a puppy herself, to a Maryland breeder. Four of the puppies were killed and this little guy barely survived.

He was severely bitten in the head and the attack ripped his ear, requiring stitches, which earned him his name, Stitch. But more complicated injuries came with it… impaired vision and brain damage.

“So it’s really his coordination and his sense of balance and sense of direction are definitely affected here,” said Brian Butzer, a veterinarian with Clint Moore Animal Hospital in Boca Raton.

Stitch walks in a circle, has difficulty controlling his head… a disabled puppy, now of no value to the breeder.

The breeder was going to put him down because basically he was useless. Not only would he not make them any money, he would cost them a bundle and you know breeders, aka, puppy millers, they’re in it for the money.

Luckily for this little guy, word got out and people wanted to help and save his life.

“Through this network of people, there was a gentleman who wasn’t even involved in the groups that has a little 2-seater plane. He left New Jersey, picked up the dog in Maryland and flew into Pompano Beach Airport,” said Donna Carrigan with Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton.

Now this precious little bundle is safe and they’re optimistic that with care and treatment, Stitch will be just fine.

“He’s going to need some nursing care and some help to grow up like a normal dog but he definitely will be able to do that. It just takes time and energy and money,” said Butzer.

Stitch is just a little guy now but will grow to be about a hundred pounds and his treatment will most likely run to the thousands of dollars. He will probably be available for adoption in a few months.

To find out more about Stitch and how you can help him, visit Sanctuary Animal Refuge.



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