Wilson Martins Coutinho saved this pup. He’s famous in his home town of Rio de Janeiro for rescuing dogs from desperate situations.
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.
Francisco’s wounds are extensive and the pictures are going to get pretty graphic.
Francisco had large open wounds and was being eaten alive by maggot infestations all over his body.
One of Francisco’s rear paws was so severely damaged that you could see the tendons inside.
Francisco’s ears were swollen and covered in sores and maggots.
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.
The maggots feeding on his wounds had to be pulled out with a steady hand and a strong pair of tweezers.
The infestation was really bad.
Ointment helped Francisco fight infection and keep his wounds clean.
It’s hard to imagine the pain little Francisco had to go through.
Throughout his treatment, little Francisco tried his best to be good.
Once his treatment was over, it was time for a treat.
Wilson enjoyed snack time almost as much as Francisco did.
Once the hard part was over, Francisco’s biggest job was to get some rest.
Within a few days, Francisco was well enough to get out and about and enjoy a few checkups with the local vet.
He also got to spend some cozy time indoors.
Soon, Francisco’s wounds began to heal up.
For the first time in a long time, Francisco got to be a regular dog.
And now we all get to enjoy the adorable, furry face of gratitude.