Rescued pit bull to receive life-saving dental work - WNEM TV 5

Rescued pit bull to receive life-saving dental work

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Tricia Barnes responded to a call of animal abuse in the city of Saginaw a few months ago. When she arrived she found Champ and his brother they named B-Dub tied up to a fence.

At the time Champ was nearly choked to death by his chain that was caught in the fence and wrapped around his neck. He's doing much better now, but now Champ needs his teeth fixed.

But it’s not to help him smile. 

"If we don't get it healed infection can go to his heart to his brain and eventually kill him," Barnes said.

There are a few teeth in Champ’s mouth that are rotted out and infected. Barnes said the dental work to remove those teeth is too expensive for Animal Control to foot the bill.

"We have a little bit in our budget and Humane Society is helping us and if we could get donations we should be appreciating," Barnes said.

It's a lot of work for this young pit bull, work that Barnes said must be done sooner than later.

“To remove four canine teeth and possibly some of the other teeth,” Barnes said.

Barnes now tells TV5 the community has stepped up, donating more than $2,200 dollars to help Champ. Officials said all the money given will be used to help Champ get the dental work he needs.

If you still want to donate, fill out a form at the Saginaw County Animal Control on Gratiot Road

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