The Shocking Transformation of an Abused Dog Nursed Back to Health


The Hero

Wilson Martins Coutinho saved this pup. He’s famous in his home town of Rio de Janeiro for rescuing dogs from desperate situations.
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Francisco de Jesus
This dog is his most recent rescue: Francisco de Jesus. If Wilson hadn’t come along, Francisco would have died from his wounds.

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Warning
Francisco’s wounds are extensive and the pictures are going to get pretty graphic.

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Gaping
Francisco had large open wounds and was being eaten alive by maggot infestations all over his body.

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Tender Foot
One of Francisco’s rear paws was so severely damaged that you could see the tendons inside.

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Swollen Ears
Francisco’s ears were swollen and covered in sores and maggots.

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The Healing Process
To get Francisco back on the road to health, Wilson had to clean out each of his wounds by hand — several times a day.

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Tweeze
The maggots feeding on his wounds had to be pulled out with a steady hand and a strong pair of tweezers.

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So Gross
The infestation was really bad.

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Salve
Ointment helped Francisco fight infection and keep his wounds clean.

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Ouch
It’s hard to imagine the pain little Francisco had to go through.

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Aww
Throughout his treatment, little Francisco tried his best to be good.

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Treats
Once his treatment was over, it was time for a treat.

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Thumbs Up
Wilson enjoyed snack time almost as much as Francisco did.

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Rest
Once the hard part was over, Francisco’s biggest job was to get some rest.

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Snuggles
Within a few days, Francisco was well enough to get out and about and enjoy a few checkups with the local vet.

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TLC
He also got to spend some cozy time indoors.

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Getting Better
Soon, Francisco’s wounds began to heal up.

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So Happy
For the first time in a long time, Francisco got to be a regular dog.

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Smile
And now we all get to enjoy the adorable, furry face of gratitude.

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