Dog Whose Nose and Ears Were Cut Off Undergoes Successful Surgery

A dog found mutilated in Michigan last month underwent successful surgery Wednesday, veterinarians said.

Baron, a brown rottweiler-mix, was rescued in Detroit last month after having his ears and nose cut off. He was taken in by the Michigan Humane Society in Detroit, said Kathy Bilitzke, director of communications and marketing for the agency. Baron also suffered lacerations to his legs and his tail was damaged.

Bryden Stanley, a soft-tissue surgery specialist at Michigan State University’s college of veterinary medicine, led efforts to reconstruct the Baron’s muzzle.

While Baron’s trauma was significant, Stanley said the dog had healed very well prior to surgery.

“Someone was extremely cruel to this animal,” she said.

During surgery, Stanley worked to attach two flaps of skin on Baron’s muzzle to create a new top of his nose. She also linked a piece of skin near his lip to shrink the nasal passage.

Robert Fisher, Michigan Humane Society’s chief medical officer, fixed issues with Barron’s tail by removing all but 3 inches of it.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Lansing (Mich.) State Journal, R.J. Wolcott