The scars on Angel’s face are noticeable but don’t tell that to Angel. The adorable Belgian Shepherd was saved from the Chinese dog meat trade in 2015 but only after meat traders disfigured the poor pup.
Angel was almost a victim of the barbaric practice when activists interceded and stopped a truckload of dogs on their way to the slaughterhouse. Angel’s face was badly damaged by the tools dog catchers use to catch dogs and haul them away.
Surgery was performed in Beijing and Angel was flown to the United Kingdom by the kind folks at Rushton Dog Rescue. All it took was one look for 25-year-old Hollie Cornes and she knew she wanted to adopt Angel.
Even though she already had surgery, she would need more work and more procedures to help the dog live a happy, healthy life. Cornes said Angel’s CT revealed, “her nose was completely sealed over with scar tissue, so she wasn’t breathing through that side of the nose at all, but a 2mm hole the other side.”
She decided to do what was necessary for Angel to breathe and not worry about her cosmetic appearance. She didn’t want to stress the dog out and do something purely for aesthetic reasons. People donated to a fundraiser and thanks to all the help, sweet Angel was able to receive her operation. Cornes says Angel is doing great these days and living her best life.
We love a happy ending and wish Hollie and Angel all the best for a long, happy life together!