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Injured pup helping break the pitbull stigma

EDMONTON – Angus the pitbull is a survivor.

The three-year-old was surrendered by his owner last week in Maskwacis. Based on the shape he was in, veterinarians believe he was hit by a car.

“His head was very swollen,” said Tia Lenz from Pitbulls for Life — an organization that rescues the breed from across North America, including some provinces that have banned them.

“He had extensive cuts inside his gums…probably throughout three-quarters of his body, honestly.”

Angus underwent emergency surgery, during which one of his eyes was removed because it had essentially “exploded,” according to Lenz.

Angus the pitbull is all stitched up and healing well. Veterinarians believe he was hit by a car.
Angus the pitbull is all stitched up and healing well. Veterinarians believe he was hit by a car. Quinn Ohler, Global News

Later, it was revealed Angus has extensive damage to his other eye.

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“So he is completely blind,” explained Nonnie Moncrieff, Angus’ foster parent, who seems to have fallen head over heels for him.

“He is amazing. I have fostered a lot of dogs, and he is one of a kind.”

She describes him as sweet, good-natured, as well as good with cats, dogs, and people. Lenz calls him “the perfect example of what a real pitbull is.”

Once Angus is given a clean bill of health, is neutered and behaviour-tested, Pitbulls for Life will be looking for a “forever home” for him.

His new family will have to be prepared to exercise him and him proper leadership — something Lenz says is key with this breed.

As for his blindness, Moncrieff believes he’s adjusting surprisingly well to it.

“He’s healed quicker than we could have asked for, especially adjusting so well with having no sight at all.”

Pitbulls for Life is paying for Angus’ vet bills through donations.

With files from Quinn Ohler, Global News