Want to Help a Dog Who Had Half His Face Chopped Off? [Warning: Graphic Image]

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

So it looks like some asshole hacked off half of a dog's face, and that dog is still alive and could use your help.

Local rescue group ADORE Houston took custody of the dog Wednesday, after he was spotted in a landfill by Highway 288 and Almeda-Genoa Road, ADORE founder Angela Madeksho told us. A dead brindle dog was nearby.

"He was just sitting by his dead buddy," Madeksho told us. WARNING: Graphic pic to follow.

The ADORE folks rushed the dog -- they're calling him Apollo -- to Harrisburg Veterinary Clinic, where vet Ryan Farmer treated him.

"He cleaned him up, he removed the skin that was hanging," Madeksho said, adding that the cut looked too clean to be caused by anything other than a person.

"We don't think it was dog-fighting, or a dog fight," she said.

Apollo was then taken to Westbury Animal Hospital, and right now, Madeksho said, "His spirit is great. He can eat on his own, he seems happy to be safe."

She said Apollo will likely require a series of skin grafts, but while ADORE has dealt with plenty of abused dogs, she's never seen an injury like this and isn't sure of the prognosis.

"We don't really know what to expect," she said.

As for that construction site landfill where Apollo was found, per Madeksho: An ADORE employee used to work at the construction site landfill, which has also been used as a dumping ground for dogs. She brought the dogs to ADORE, and after she went to work for the group full-time, the owners of that property continued to notify ADORE of other abandoned dogs. That's how the group was connected with Apollo.

We're glad they did, and props as well to everyone at ADORE, Harrisburg Veterinary Clinic, and Westbury Animal Hospital. Also, mad props to Apollo, for being a freakin' champ.

You can donate to Apollo's treatment via PayPal on the rescue's website.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.