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Dog fighting victim Otto ready for adoption

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If you would like to adopt Otto, call the number on this poster. (Source: Noah's Arks) If you would like to adopt Otto, call the number on this poster. (Source: Noah's Arks)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A male pit bull that was injured in a series of dog fights is now ready for adoption, after fighting through months of procedures to nurse him back to health.

It was the horrifying photos of the bait dog named Otto that caused a Lowcountry animal rescue to extend their arms and hearts to the Pee Dee to help.

After just a matter of weeks, the canine began to show signs of recovery.

The young pit bull had a number of injuries, had been injured more than once, and was more than likely the bait dog entered in several fighting events.

The Florence County Environmental Services received a call about the dog and its dire condition when the dog wondered onto someone's porch the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

Jane Boswell with the Florence Humane Society says the injuries seem to be consistent with dog fighting, and the dog had an abscess in its mouth from teeth marks.

Otto was scheduled to undergo four major surgeries to reconstruct its face.

The photos of the dog's injuries were posted on their Facebook page, drawing the attention of Noah's Arks in Okatie, SC, an animal rescue that specializes in severe cases.

All along the road to recovery, Noah's Arks has posting updates on Otto and his condition on their website. Otto had surgery a couple of days after he was found and started to eat, despite the presence of parasites.

The following Friday morning, Noah's Arks reported that Otto's immune system was working to rid itself of those parasites. They had removed the dead tissues from the areas around his face so that as he recovers they can join them back together. As his tissue continued to gain color, they become more viable and Otto was prepared for his first major operation.

The animal rescue says Otto was anemic, another big problem they had to tackle in his recovery process. An outside lab worked to determine the cause so they could beat his anemia at the source.

They add that from an examination of Otto's teeth and other test results, they believe he may actually be two years old, one year younger than the original estimate.

On Thursday, April 4, the most recent update on his condition was posted on Noah's Arks Facebook page.

READY FOR ADOPTION: OTTO. This is the face of dog fighting in America. We can only imagine what life of horror, pain and suffering he had to live before we were able to save him. OTTO is a 3 year old Pit bull and a true miracle dog. Surgeons did an incredible job to restore his face, and still make it possible for him to breathe through his nose.

He is the sweetest and most affectionate dog you will ever meet. He learned to trust people again, and now all he wants is to love on you. He should be the only dog in the house with no other animals. He is now a healthy, happy and playful guy and ready to show the world that he left his past behind. Just look into his eyes and you can see into his beautiful soul. We prefer for him – as we do with most of our larger dogs – a home without young children. Kids should be 10 years and older. We would love for him to have his own yard, but he also walks well on a leash and knows basic obedience. He is vaccinated, neutered, house- and crate trained, microchipped, heartworm negative. All our dogs are professionally temperament tested and evaluated. We require an application, home check and adoption fee. We adopt out of state and help to work out transport possibilities. Our dogs are not allowed to fly "cargo". Please call 843.540.6755 or email noahsarksrescues@gmail.com with any questions.

Are you interested in adopting this sweet dog? If so, fill out this application on Noah's Arks website: http://www.noahs-arks.net/RESCUE/NAR_APPLICATION.html.

Currently, OTTO is in foster care and has a safe place until the rescue finds him a home.

Florence County Environmental Services has led the investigation into the cause of Otto's injuries and who may be responsible. So far an owner has not been located.

If you'd like to check track of Otto and other rescued dogs paths to recovery or donate to Noah's Arks to help them help him, visit Noah's Arks website. You can also learn more about the dog fighting culture and how to report animal abuse anonymously.

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