Even with half of his face missing, he persisted in his determination to survive by rummaging for food in the garbage.

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In a heart-wrenching discovery, we found Diogo rummaging through trash bins in search of food, unveiling a shocking reality – half of his face had been consumed by worms. The moment he turned to face us left everyone in awe, prompting thoughts of a possible gunshot injury.

Our rescue mission unfolded as Diogo was rushed to the hospital for a closer examination, revealing two bullets lodged in his leg and a bullet passing through his face. Radiographic results painted a grim picture, indicating high infection levels and an alarming drop in hematocrit, with the potential onset of Ehrlichiosis due to a substantial tick infestation.

Despite the severity of his condition, our dedicated team embarked on a journey to stabilize Diogo. Regular bandage changes became a norm, and plans for a blood transfusion were set in motion to prepare him for a crucial surgery aimed at cleaning the ravaged wound.

Diogo, a true fighter, successfully navigated through the first surgery. However, with exposed bones, his recovery demanded rigorous pain management, potent antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and treatment for Lyme disease. The next phase involved a meticulous skin graft surgery, utilizing skin flaps from his head, mouth, and neck.


The journey was far from easy, yet Diogo displayed incredible resilience. Despite a challenging night, he managed to independently eat, drink, and use the bathroom. A subsequent facial reconstructive surgery was scheduled, offering hope for the restoration of his vision in the remaining eye.

This beautiful soul, despite facing unimaginable pain, refused to be confined to a cage. The veterinary team provided him with a larger space, recognizing his spirit. As we eagerly await the results of the upcoming surgery, our collective efforts remain focused on supporting Diogo through every step of this arduous battle.

Diogo’s story is a testament to the indomitable spirit of animals, exemplifying strength even in the face of adversity. Join us in cheering on Diogo, the warrior, as we strive to give him a second chance at a life free from suffering. Updates on his progress will follow, showcasing the transformative power of compassion and dedicated care.

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