A man was driving through town when he saw a dog on the side of the road. The dog looked like it was in pain.
The man stopped and went up to him. When he got a better look, he saw that the dog’s nose was wired shut. And the man had already seen this! In slaughterhouses, it is common and painful to wrap a wire around a dog’s nose. Somehow, this brave dog must have gotten out of a slaughterhouse nearby. He was in terrible pain as he sat there. But the dog ran away when the man and his friends tried to get close to him.
The dog was clearly scared after seeing what people had done in the past.
He and his friends tried to find the dog. He kept running, but after a lot of work and teamwork, the dog was finally caught. It was hard work and took 6 hours, but saving the dog’s life was so worth it. The man took care of the dog and gave it the name Balboa.
When Balboa got to the vet, he was checked out well. His mouth was hurt badly. It had gotten sick and was bleeding. The vet ordered emergency care, which included antibiotics, painkillers, and fluids given through an IV. Next, you would take the wire out of his mouth. Balboa was treated so gently and carefully by the vet. The brave dog is awake while the wire is being taken off, but he is on medicine to keep him calm and stop him from hurting.
He’s such a brave guy!
Balboa is well enough to eat his first real meal within a few days. All the volunteers come together to watch this. It must feel great to be able to open and close his mouth and chew.
He’s now a very happy boy.
His wounds continue to heal and Balboa is much happier around humans. He’s realizing that the humans from his past weren’t coming back. The next step for Balboaa will be to find a place to live for good. We couldn’t be happier for this dog, who really deserved it.