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Neglected dog receives life changing surgery in Tyler


POSTED: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:59pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 6:55pm

The physical signs of a lifetime of abuse are clearly embedded around the neck of a pitbull named Nikolas.

"It's sad it brought tears to my eyes that somebody could do this, such a sweet do," said Angie Hollis, a volunteer at the Humane Society of Northeast Texas in Longview.

A sweet dog who is getting a second chance at life, thanks to volunteers, such as Hollis, and Dr. Gary Spence in Tyler.

"It really struck me I kind of waited for someone to take the ball and run with it," said Spence.

Over the next few weeks, Nikolas will go through daily regiments of laser therapy.

"It excites the cells and put it back in healing mode," said Spence.

For a lifetime with a collar embedded into his neck, Nik's recovery is expected to be fairly short.

"Once the two weeks are done this dog should be back on his feet and be ready to be adopted and go to a really good home," said Spence.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing, two weeks, to see what it looks like.  I know it's gonna look a lot better and he's gonna feel a whole lot better too for it," said Hollis.

He will always bare the scars of neglect, but because of a few volunteers, and a willing physician, Nik's neck, and his life, will soon be stitched back together.

"He's a super sweet dog and he deserves the best care he can get and hopefully we can find him a good home afterward," said Hollis.

The device Dr. Spence is using is the Companion Therapy Laser, and the company has offered to pay for Nik's stay, a bill that could total nearly eight hundred dollars.

But considering what this dog has been through, the price doesn't seem near as high.

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Nicholas had surgery today. Started at 7:30 and ended at 10. Wound completely closed. Hydro and laser for 7 to 10 days and will be ready to go. Dr. Gary Spence

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