HOUSTON – “He was like a walking skeleton.”
Nine days ago, Pete, a 6-month-old puppy, was in such bad shape when he arrived at the Westheimer Animal Clinic Bellaire, Dr. Mike Huddleston couldn’t even tell what color his fur was.
Pete had a severe case of mange and it’s believed that his former owners used motor oil to try and treat it before dropping him off at a local animal shelter.
“Now he's made a remarkable recovery,” Huddleston said.
Pete is eating well, sleeping well and thanks to Huddleston and his compassionate team, Pete is healing beautifully.
They took Pete on a walk this morning and posted a video on Facebook.
Pete Update! Here is a video of Pete having a good time outside. This is day 11 of his recovery. His biggest problem now is right front foot. It is still extremely inflamed, but as you can see he’s doing much better.Posted by Westheimer Animal Clinic Bellaire on Monday, February 5, 2018
People across the country have been touched by Pete’s story, including Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. and his wife Kara McCullers took to social media and in a statement the couple tells KPRC, “We were deeply saddened to learn about Pete's condition & we want to do all we can to make sure dogs like Pete have the care they need. We hope by bringing attention to this issue we can prevent it from happening in the future."
Through the Lance McCuller’s Jr. Foundation, the couple plans to work on an animal cruelty awareness campaign with Red Collar Rescue.
The Houston organization has been helping to raise money for Pete.
“These are the things that make me glad to be a vet, stuff like this. I'm sorry this happened to him. He is such a good dog,” Huddleston said.
Huddleston said Pete may be ready to go to a foster home in about three weeks and should be as good as new in about four months.