A dog found last week with its muzzle pared to the bone after being taped shut has passed the critical stage and can eat by its own, its rescuers in Ho Chi Minh City said.
The Animal Rescue & Care (ARC), a Ho Chi Minh City-based animal charity which is taking care of the dog, said it may take up to six months for it to fully recover.
When the dog was found in Ben Tre Province on Jul. 23, what used to be its muzzle was nothing more than a chunk of white bone without any flesh or skin.
It was believed to be a victim of dog thieves, who usually tape shut dog muzzles to stop them from barking or howling.
The samaritans, who named the dog Lucky, said they did not think "she would survive the first day."
However, she could start to eat the next day, which "was a great sign," ARC wrote in its fanpage.
"And now she grows stronger each day. Doctor thinks she can have a skin graft in 2 weeks,” ARC said.
“Her chance of rehabilitation is really high. She will be completely recover in six months,” Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Elizabeth Homfray, a member of the ARC, as saying. “After she is healed from injuries, doctors will begin to heal her psychological pain.”
Donators who want to support Lucky’s treatment could visit http://arcpets.com for more detail.