Vietnam: Cooper's Battle To Survive.

By Michele Brown | August 03, 2019

A call for help was launched about a stricken dog in Hue, in central Vietnam. The dog had escaped a slaughterhouse with his mouth was bound tightly shut, stopping him from eating or drinking. The flesh on his face under the bindings had rotted off, including half his tongue being severed off. His left eye was glued shut with pus. His rear end was blood stained and the fur appeared to be peeling off.

An experienced rescuer in Hue, named Son, answered the call for help. He went out into the night and gently captured the distressed dog. Son immediately consulted with doctors for the best way to save the dog’s life.

We have named the dog Cooper.

Cooper had been crammed in an iron cage full of dogs; all in a state of terror. As you scroll down the page you will see photos of Cooper’s lower body covered in bite marks from other dogs. This happens inside loaded dog meat cages. As panic sets in, alpha dogs lash out demanding more space but there is no space to give. Cooper has those same severe bite marks all over his rump, lower legs and paws. The bite wounds had become infected and filled with pus.

Fight Dog Meat is going to fight to save Cooper. He’s already suffered enough and deserves a chance at happiness.

Cooper’s Initial Vet Report:

Cooper’s body is severely weakened.He’s suffering with severe blood parasites (from brown ticks.)He has severe muzzle damage with the flesh rotted down to his bare facial bones.Part of his tongue has been cut off.His rear end has severe septic injuries.All four paws are damaged.His right thigh has a large and deep open wound.Fight Dog Meat has arranged a wonderful life for Cooper. He just doesn’t know it yet., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat
Critically injured waiting to be rescued.

Video: Cooper just before he was rescued.

When Cooper’s body is strong enough, Fight Dog Meat will fly him from Hue to Saigon. We’ll continue his hospitalization at Dr. Nghia’s vet hospital. Fight Dog Meat will adopt Cooper to a loving family abroad so he can live a happy life wrapped in love and safety.

The following photos were taken after Cooper was admitted into hospital. He was sedated to allow vets to work as quickly as possible to remove his bindings and shave his coat. They put fluids into him and administered pain relief., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat
Vet examining damage to the dog’s mouth after the bindings were removed., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat
Extensive damage to his entire snout, from being bound tightly shut for days., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat
Injuries and infection on his rear end., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat
His rear end injuries and infections were even worse when the fur was folded back., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat
Vets sedated and shaved him to know the extent of his injuries., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat
Sedated, shaved and on fluids., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat
He regained consciousness to find the bindings are off his face., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat
Cooper taking a little walk to get his body moving.

We look forward to Cooper recovering and discovering that he has a wonderful new life to live, filled with happiness and love. We just need him to get well.

Happy Update: Cooper’s New Life In USA.

After a long journey of hospital, followed by several months of rehabilitation with our rehab expert Ali, a beautiful family in USA opened their heart to Cooper, to adopt him. Fight Dog Meat flew Cooper to America where he started his new life wrapped in love and safety. He’s absolutely blossomed and lives an amazing life on a big farm. The same family also adopted our dog meat survivors: Lily (iris), Kaden and Sadie [and Cooper.] Photo below: Cooper (R) and Lily (Iris) (L)., pet centric, Fight Dog Meat, fightdogmeat

Fight Dog Meat will continue to bring you reports from dog and cat meat countries and the wonderful work their rescuers are doing despite no animal protection laws. Turning away or sitting quietly does not end the trade. We’ll keep exposing what is taking place to these animals. We’re helping local volunteers have a louder voice on a world platform. Ultimately it’s the voice of the country’s own people whom their government will eventually be forced to listen to, for positive change for animals.

Thank you for reading,

Michele Brown
Fight Dog Meat.

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