Dog with Crooked Smile to Be Euthanized, Veterinarian Saves Life Before It's Too Late


Most people see a puppy and just want to snuggle it. Sadly, not everyone reacts that way to helpless creatures.

A dog named Squish is an example of people’s capacity for both cruelty and kindness. When he was a puppy, he was picked up as a stray and taken to an Ohio animal shelter.

There, the shelter veterinarian determined the stray dog was only four months old. The right side of the poor pup’s face was swollen, and he could barely open his mouth.

The vet initially believed Squish was suffering from an infected wound, possibly caused by an animal’s bite.

Further examination proved that theory wrong, however.

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As the vet continued to evaluate Squish, multiple fractures in his skull and jaw became evident. At this point, it became clear that the poor pup was the victim of blunt force trauma.

Danielle Boyd, one of the first doctors to examine the pup, told Petcha that “it was suggestive that he may have been intentionally hit by someone rather than something since there were no other fractures or injuries to indicate accidental trauma like being hit by a car.”

Boyd knew Squish’s prognosis was dire. His injuries damaged the growth plates in his jaw and skull, leading to malformed bones and heavy scar tissue.

These injuries led to a bigger problem. Poor Squish had trouble eating and began losing weight; doctors feared one day he would be unable to eat at all.

With these fears in mind, poor Squish was placed on the euthanasia list.

But Boyd had already fallen in love with him.

She took him home, where he acted like any normal dog would. That night, he slept by her side.

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“I was enamored by this little one-eyed pup who clearly endured so much pain, yet you would never know but by looking at him. He acted like any other happy go-lucky pup,” she told Petcha.

Refusing to let Squish be euthanized, Boyd adopted him the very next morning.

Since then, she’s even arranged for the ongoing medical care — including two jaw surgeries and an eye removal — to help Squish live well.

Despite his difficulties, Squish is a normal, happy dog. Squish proves that, no matter what problems we encounter, there is always hope for a better tomorrow.

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