DETROIT -

The Michigan Humane Society is caring for a 2-year-old stray pit bull mix with a severely fractured jaw who was picked up by the MHS Rescue team on March 8.

The dog, who MHS named Dorothy, was bleeding from the mouth, having trouble breathing, and had wounds on her front legs and face when she arrived at the MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care.

Initially, the MHS staff believed she was hit by a car, but after viewing her x-rays, they determined that the dog had likely been shot in the face.

Dorothy injury  

“She had a wound through her nose, palate and down into her jaw,” said Jan Ramos, MHS Evaluator. “She had broken teeth, bone fragments, and the wound was infected. Without treatment, the abscess would have gotten worse and she likely would have perished. Fortunately, we rescued her in time. She has really pulled on all of our heartstrings. She’s a sweetheart of a dog.”

Dorothy received antibiotic treatments and has been through extensive surgery to repair her jaw. She is now receiving specialized care in a foster home with an MHS staff member.

Before she can be placed up for adoption, she will need at least six more weeks of care, with the possibility that she will need additional surgeries. A major concern is the possibility of the wound becoming infected again.

“It is likely that Dorothy’s jaw will be permanently crooked as a result of her injury,” added Ramos.