Greenville County Animal Care issued an urgent request for a volunteer to bring an injured dog to a vet facility after a dog was savagely mauled by two other canines.
Fran Alexay Rizzo, an animal enthusiast, answered the phone.
Legend was saved when two women out for a walk overheard a commotion at a nearby house. When they arrived, they discovered two pit bulls attacking the dog. They were ripping him apart, so animal control was called, and the three dogs were transported to Greenville County Animal Care.
Legend was covered in blood and bite marks when Alexay first saw him. His left ear had been ripped off, his right ear was dangling on a thread, and he was covered in bite marks.
Rizzo told The Greenville News that from his shoulders forward, you could see all the puncture wounds. “He had a couple of serious wounds where blood was gushing out when he moved.”
“The ER vet wasn’t sure if he’d make it,” she explained. “There was nothing visibly broken, but the trauma to his body from all of these wounds was simply too much for him. And there’s only so much a small body can withstand.”
On the other hand, Legend is a fighter, and he made it through his first night. Over the course of several days, he underwent surgery, was given fluids, and was placed on a feeding tube. And he began to get better.
A few days later, his wounds swelled up. But he became better and better over time. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped forward to assist with paying his medical bills, which were piling up. “We’re happy with the outcome and grateful he’s alive,” said Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the organization. It’s a miraculous story and he’s touched a lot of people.”
Legend’s hearing is normal, but his ears have been removed, and he is covered in scars. He, on the other hand, is overjoyed. His tail is continuously wagging, and he enjoys nothing more than kissing Fran.
“You can miss out on a wonderful narrative if you judge a book by its cover,” Fran said of Legend. “He’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever fostered,” she exclaims. “He’s always asking for hugs and kisses.”
Legend and Fran have formed a strong friendship, and Fran says she thinks about keeping him every day. While Greenville County Animal Care desperately needs fosters, she realizes she can’t keep fostering additional pets.
She hopes that more individuals will volunteer to foster for Greenville County Animal Care since they really need the help.
Meanwhile, Fran and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC are working hard to find Legend the finest home possible.