By Hollie Bone
A street pup who was attacked with a machete and left for dead has made a miracle recovery after charity workers found him and nursed him back to health.
The five-year-old mongrel, Yen, from Ban Kruat, North-East Thailand was found with foot-long gash wound in his neck in January this year by Michael Chour, founder of the Sound Of Animals Foundation.
With maggots in his wounds and in septic shock from the infection, vets recommended that Yen be put to sleep after the attack, which the shelter suspects was carried out by local people in a bid to sell the dog meat.
But determined to give him another chance at life, Michael worked around the clock caring for Yen, even sleeping with him on the clinic floor – now six months later the loving pup is back to full health and looking for a forever home.
Michael said: “The day I found Yen dying on the floor not even moving his head and I saw that he had given up on life, I was terrified.
“He had maggots in his wound and had gone into septic shock from the massive infection ravaging his body, leaving him in unbearable pain.
“I was so worried, as many dog’s that have disappeared have usually been attacked by the local people to use them as meat and run-off due to pain and fear.
“Back at our clinic, I began to lightly sedate him to help him cope with his pain and I promised him I’d do my best for him but I was scared he wouldn’t wake up.
“Day after day I hand fed him and I could see that he was fighting so hard to stay alive and near me, my heart was full of hope.
“Now he’s so healthy. He grabs onto me whenever he sees me so I don’t leave him alone and he gives me such sweet kisses.”
The shelter goes out twice a day offering food and medication to some 600 street dogs in a 90 mile radius of Ban Kruat, in a country where dogs are often captured for human consumption.
Over time, Michael has built such strong bonds with the dogs, that he knows all of them by name and their usual location.
But when Yen was not in his normal spot it prompted Michael to launch a search party, which lasted five days before they found the injured pup.
Michael said: “Yen was miles away from where we usually find him and he had hidden himself away by the side of a deserted shack, ready to meet his end.
“I couldn’t stop thinking about how he must have felt and how long he might have been there.
“After he heard my voice and realised it was me, he found the power to stand up for a few seconds and fell into my arms.
“Now he always stands up slowly, he climbs onto me gently and kisses me on the neck.
“He’s one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever known and he deserves all love I can give him, he’s like my son.”
To continue funding their hard work and ensure the future safety of their rescued dogs, the Sound Of Animals put the pups up for adoption anywhere in the UK, Europe, USA or Canada.
Now miracle mutt Yen is waiting for a new owner to give him a better life, far away from the tough streets of Thailand.