Sweet ‘Max’ surrendered to shelter after fight with housemate and lost his eye

In San Antonio, Texas, a sweet and friendly one-and-a-half-year-old Staffy terrier named Max was surrendered to the shelter after having had a fight with another dog in the household. It is likely Max wasn’t the dog initiating the fight; he has always been kept outdoors and had been there since he was a puppy.

His heartbreaking report stresses the urgent need for Max to be rescued. He is currently in the clinic receiving intravenous antitoxins for tetanus. His condition is  life threatening.

“This dog needs to be at a veterinarian hospital for boarding — he was not the aggressor per ACS notes but he was attacked by another dog; one eye was burst. He has a gaping ulcerated puncture wound under his chin that is a hole the size of a quarter & is very deep. He is only able to slightly open is mouth because of the inflammation and swelling. Per the ACS clinic notes, he has deep laceration wounds all over his neck and he is cut up all over.”

Max’s owner did not seek immediate veterinary care for the dog, and instead the dog stayed in the backyard likely suffering for days after the attack before being surrendered. The owner tried to treat the dog’s injuries as documented by clinic notes referring to the sticky residue around his neck that appeared to be the adhesive in packing tape.

“Is this ignorance or plain/simple neglect, indifference, inhumanity? Regardless, I am in dismay of the suffering,” a rescue shelter volunteer offered on social media.
“Max needed medical care w/ ABXs immediately but because it was lacking,
his wounds incubated and harbored festering infections where he was wounded and he had pus and discharging from both sides of his face. What muscle surrounding his jaw was ripped open and is now necrotic. He will require wound care to debride the dead tissue; I pray he is healthy enough to stimulate granulation and growth of new cells so rebirth of cells to rebuild tissue around his jaw jaw. This tissue there is naturally so thin – I hope he doesn’t have a permanent opening exposing his jaw and tongue. People, unfortunately would find that sort of maiming repulsive & look away in disgust – it would be hard to get him adopted ….. none of this was his fault.”
Throughout the clinic documentation, Max’s disposition and temperament consistently were noted as friendly and sweet. He was said to be dog friendly even after all he’s endured.
PetHarbor Adoption listing: (#A596406)
  • HW status Negative
  • Walks well on a leash. no limping observed
  • 2/24 underweight, hair loss, severely infected wounds, flea infested
  • Very sweet and calm
  • Doesn’t mind being handled
  • Temp test with female dog – mellow
  • Not housetrained
  • Temp test with people
  • Not a high energy dog – just wants to be around people and receive love.
  • 50-55 pounds
  • Brown and white male American Staffordshire terrier
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San Antonio Animal Care Services
4710 State Highway 151
San Antonio, TX 78227
Fax Number: (210) 207-6673
To rescue, foster or adopt via ACS, Email:
acsrescue-foster@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-6669

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