FAIRFIELD, Ohio (WKRC) - "Days like today remind us why we went into the veterinary field: to be the voice for those that cannot speak."
That's how a social media post from Dawn Tillie began about a rescued dog who, thanks to some local veterinarians, is on the road to recovery.
"Melba", named after Melba Beal, the woman who "had acid thrown in her face when schools integrated in the south, then went on to be an award winning college professor" (according to Dawn Tillie), was taken to the Animal Care Centers in Fairfield, Ohio by the SPCA.
It is assumed that Melba was used as a "bait dog" in dog fights. Her face was covered in scarred-over wounds. Her lower jaw was "dangling" and exposing teeth. It's assumed she sustained these wounds from being bitten for dog fights.
It is said that Dr. Jen Norman "expertly devised a plan to remove her lower incisor teeth, then recreate a lower lip/ jaw" and, as you can see from the before and after photos of Melba, she is looking better.
"Melba will stay with us for post operative care: our main goal is to keep her comfortable while her new lip heals! Our techs will hand feed and we have to keep a barrier around her jaw so she can't rip out sutures or cause further trauma while the jaw heals. She is incredibly sweet, despite whatever terrible pain humans have inflicted upon her. Her one goal is to truly love," said Dawn Tillie in an email to Local 12 News.