A dog's second chance

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Dogs are man’s best friend, and they give unconditional love. But what happens when they need it in return?

Kathy Martin

One local woman found a dog, severely injured in a case of animal neglect, and without hesitation, gave him the home he so desperately needed.

Meet Lou. He’s a 2-year-old mixed breed rescue dog.

Wagging his tail, barking at whatever he thinks he hears outside, and enjoying a good belly rub; he seems like your average pup. But if you take a closer look, he’s far from average.

“He’s just like any other dog, he just has a wicked little face.”

Kathy Martin and her husband adopted Lou one year ago, and fell in love with him almost instantly. But his story is what really seemed to stick with Martin.

“He was mauled by his own father, and the owner did not bring him in they just left him,” Martin said. “It was just one of those things, were people don’t seem to, they neglect their pets or their animals.”

By the time Lou was brought to the vet for medical attention, his face was severely infected.

“He couldn’t move he was about dead when they brought him in.”

But Martin will say she’s not who saved this dog, but credits the now-retired vet, Dr. Carter, at the Old Dominion clinic who wouldn’t put him down.

“Dr. Carter said when he put him on the table, his little tail was just going wooo wooo wooo wooo wooo, and he said, ‘I can’t do it, I have to try, I have to try to keep him.’,” Martin recalled.

“I feel like he (Dr. Carter) rescued him, my husband and I just get to love him.”

Being an avid animal lover, Martin says she doesn’t even see Lou’s facial deformity anymore.

“He’s beautiful this way. And as long as he’s happy, and as long as he can function, and as long as no one bothers him, I’m fine with him, he’ll be fine.”

And Martin says aside from keeping a close eye on his face and teeth, he’s perfectly healthy, and happy to be in his fur-ever home.

“All he wants is for somebody to love him.”