She was badly beaten and left for dead with half of her face cut off. But this week, Khalessi, the pit bull without a face, received a new nose.
It was the first of several surgeries for Khalessi the pit bull, who was found recently in Orlando, starving and badly abused.
The pit bull suffered broken ribs, has lost the use of her back legs which now drag behind her, and had her nose and jaw cut off.
But Khalessi the pit bull is now under the care of Dr. Kerri Slomcenski of the Hays Towne Veterinary Hospital.
“It bothers me. Someone or something happened to her and she went through a lot of pain and no one was there to help her,” Slomcenski told WFLA.
Khalessi the pit bull’s 5-hour nose reconstruction surgery, which took place on Thursday, was performed by Dr. Colby Burns of the North Tampa Veterinary Specialists, a board-certified surgeon.
Colby explained the long and difficult process to WFLA.
“We’re going to elevate some of this tissue and bring it around to the front to allow that to heal, while actually creating two openings so she has a nasal passage.”
With the surgery completed, Khalessi the pit bull will be allowed to rest until her new nose has healed enough to undergo a second surgery.
“After today we will see how the nostrils start to heal and then we can go in again and reconstruct what we need to. So if she really has good breathing, airways in that regard, then it’s going to be recuperation and rehabilitation time and we can start working on her legs,” Slomcenski said.
“Khalessi is finally sleeping comfortably for the first time through her new nose. She has not been able to do this in a very long time because her tongue used to block her airway when she tried to sleep.”
Khalessi the pit bull’s story has touched so many around the world, the her foster mother, Stephanie Paquin, has set up Khalessi’s Warriors Foundation, a nonprofit made to help others abused and neglected dogs.
“Khalessi’s Warrior’s will offer grants to other rescues and dogs that have been the victim of cruelty and neglect as well as help rescues and pet owners with spay/ neuter assistance and other veterinary needs. Please let’s help the Khalessi’s of the world unfortunately there are so many in need.”
“Her attitude is great, her energy level is great, she wants to be a great dog,” Slomcenski told WFLA.
“It’s been phenomenal. I’m a one doctor practice in a small town in Hudson Florida and just blessed to have this little girl here … to be able to help her.”
According to Hays Towne Veterinary Hospital Facebook page, on Friday, Khalessi the pit bull ate her first meal that she could actually smell.
[Images via the Hays Towne Veterinary Hospital / Facebook]