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Puppy Abandoned After Botched Ear Cropping At Only One Month Old

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on June 19, 2024

Discovered alone and shivering in distress, a tiny 4-week-old puppy weighing merely one pound was in a pitiable state due to a botched ear cropping procedure. He was rescued and brought to Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue. The cruel and misguided attempt to modify his ears had left them painfully infected. The puppy, now named Little Monkey, was swiftly transported to a veterinary hospital where he received antibiotics and pain medication to ease his suffering. Although the initial relief was minor, and he still exhibited discomfort, the medical care provided a glimmer of hope. His cries deeply moved those caring for him, stirring hopes for his recovery by the following day.


By the second day, concerns regarding potential neurological complications prompted his medical team to consult with neurologist specialists. Given his young age, definitive conclusions were hard to draw, prompting a decision to closely monitor his behavior and health. A week later, there was a noticeable turnaround. Little Monkey’s condition had significantly improved; his ears were healing, and he was no longer in pain. He had started to eat independently, and his playful spirit began to surface as he started walking and playing. However, he would get anxious and walk in circles to cope with the discomfort.


During a follow-up visit, the veterinarian noted signs of visual impairment, but overall, Little Monkey was faring well and adapting to his challenges. The tiny survivor continued to demonstrate remarkable progress. His vision was getting better, and his nervous circling had ceased. His ears had healed from the painful infections, and he weighed in at five pounds.


After a month, Monkey’s recovery was nearly complete. He had been neutered and was thriving, showcasing his resilience and joyful demeanor. Little Monkey is ready for his forever family, and his rescuers and foster family are actively looking for the perfect fit. His journey from a painful beginning to a hopeful future exemplifies the profound impact of compassionate care and the indomitable spirit of a young pup.

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