A 3-year-old pit bull was making remarkable progress on Wednesday just three weeks after being found bloody and emaciated.
“Huey” was found dumped in a yard in Moreno Valley suffering from multiple bite wounds and gashes on his face where his mouth had been taped shut.
It was believed that Huey may have been used as “bait” in a dog-fighting ring.
Shocking: Huey, aged about three, is believed to have suffered years of torment as bait for a dog fighting ring.
Emaciated: The pit bull was painfully thin and terribly malnourished when he was found dumped
Close to death: The pit bull weighed just 33 pounds when he was found dumped in Moreno Valley
Treatment: Huey was taken in by Second Chance Rescue and then adopted by new owner Tracy Lystra
Huey was taken to Second Chance Rescue in Corona.
He weighed just 33 pounds.
He was extremely malnourished and weak, with infected ears.
He tested positive for parasites and his jaw had been mangled beyond repair, likely from multiple former breaks that had not been properly treated.
That was three weeks ago, and Huey has now been adopted by Tracy Lystra, who is not only seeing him back to good health but starting a campaign to stop dog fighting.
‘For the first 12 hours I had Huey, he vomited so much and experienced such diarrhea that I thought he would surely pass away during the night,’ Lystra wrote on her Give Forward fundraising page.
‘I slept beside him and encouraged him to keep fighting.’
On-the-mend: Though he wasn’t meant to survive and is still recovering, Huey continues to get better
But Huey soldiered through and is now recovering well, even though he has a long way to go.
‘His wounds are healing inside and outside,’ Lystra told KTLA.
‘He has dreams, he shakes, he cries, he whimpers.
‘To me he is a miracle.’
Lystra has set up a Saving Huey Facebook page, where people can follow his progress.
Remarkable: The three-year-old is making amazing progress, according to owner Tracy Lystra (pictured)
Bouncing back: ‘He is healing inside and out,’ Lystra said
A three-year-old pit bull was making remarkable progress on Wednesday just three weeks after being found bloody and emaciated
TLC: Huey had multiple bite wounds and gashes on his face where his mouth had been taped shut
It’s believed that Huey may have been used as bait in a dog-fighting ring
She is also using the page to post information about the horrors of dog fighting to better educate people .
‘We want to get out there and help all the little Hueys,’ she said.
‘I think he can touch a lot of lives.’