A Labrador retriever, who had been discovered in shock on Peavine Road in Tate County on April 22, had been set on fire, and his face was a blackened mess. Just days later, the Tate County’s Sheriff’s Office released a statement that a child under the age of 12 had purposely set Buddy on fire, but no criminal charges could be pursued because of his age.
The Tunica Humane Society has been caring for Buddy, and although they were just as frustrated that no charges could be filed against the child, the volunteers and staff choose to concentrate more on Buddy’s recovery and rehabilitation. And that they did.
Buddy remained a happy dog; can you believe it? His tail wagged constantly, and he lapped up the affection given to him by staff and volunteers at Mississippi State Veterinary College where his care and progress continued.
“Close your eyes and imagine today thru the eyes of this sweet yellow lab. Buddy’s last real memory of vision was in the final horrific moments just before his face was set on fire by a child. In the blink of an eye, his whole life changed. Because of the severity of his injuries, Buddy has spent the last 3 and a half months in total darkness due to the bandages to protect his wounds,” the Tunica Humane Society posted on Saturday.
Buddy’s bandages were removed, and his eyes were open; he was aware. And yes, Buddy can see!
“As Dr. Swanson described to me the moment Buddy gazed into her eyes for the first time, the moment he immediately jumped up on his caregivers to thank them for saving him… I was completely overcome with emotion and gratitude for all that was done to save him from the horrible abuse he endured.”
Buddy still needs work on his eyelids, so that they blink properly and will better protect his eyes. He will continue to stay at Mississippi State under Dr. Swanson’s care until Buddy is well enough to return to the Tunica Humane Society
“But today was a huge turning point for this precious yellow Lab. He can see again and his heart is happy… And our hearts are Rejoicing for him.”
Everyone is proud of you Buddy! You are a hero.
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