BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A dog recovering from severe stab wounds and a respiratory infection is getting a second chance at life.
The pup who's name is Trooper is on his way to a family in dire need of comfort as they battle through flood water that has already caused damage to many homes in Colorado.
After several weeks of treatment and rest, Trooper, who was found at the Kern County Animal Shelter is well on his way to a better life. The challenge now is getting him there.
Trooper is showing fast improvement just as he waits to meet his adopted family in Colorado.
"Adopting pitbulls is not the easiest thing to do. You need a qualified family that knows something about the breed and they are just more difficult to find homes for," said Zach Skow, executive director of Marley's Mutts.
Leaders with the organization rescued the pooch not too long ago. The pitbull breed was found in very bad shape.
"He had sever stab wounds from the top of his head, all the way down to his neck that required about 35 staples and we weren't sure how he was going to react to other dogs or to people," he said.
Trooper had a severe upper respiratory infection causing his wounds to also be infected.
"He's got a lot scars on him, but he's shown a dramatic ability to forgive and forget all the terrible things the's been through in life and move forward," he said.
Flooding in Colorado caused a delay in Trooper meeting his adopted family who became stranded and unable to temporary leave the state.
"The flooding situation effected everyone in that area. They live just north of Denver but I know it directly effected them to a great degree not to mention their vehicle so it's a positive story obviously for Trooper because this is a kind of dog we could have had for years," he said.
Trooper's new home is on a ranch with a family who absolutely adores pitbulls.
"We've had dogs similar to him for a period of months and if not years, so we're very happy that he can find a home with a family that knows and understand the breed," he said.
Rescue workers are delivering a second pitbull to a family in Wisconsin and are able to drop off Trooper in Colorado to his new family.
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