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Dog Dragged By Pickup Truck Getting Stronger Day by Day


It isn’t easy to look at Firu.

Raw, red, still-open wounds cover what should be a white body, and it will take the 2-year-old American bulldog mix a long time to recover from the incident that left him with these scars.

On Sept. 16, the dog’s caretakers left Firu tied to the bumper of their pickup truck while they visited a friend in North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County. A few drinks later, having forgotten about the dog, they drove on paved road for more than a mile — with Firu still tied to the back. A witness tried to get them to stop the car, and when they didn’t, animal control officers arrived to assist. The two men in the truck surrendered Firu at the scene.

The next day, an email went out from animal control to its network of registered rescuers, including Samantha Hodge. “I knew somebody had to do something,” she tells “I stepped up for him.”

Firu (pronounced fee-roo) had severe road rash over his shoulder, chest and back legs. All of the pads on his paws were gone, he had lost his toenails, and the tops of his paws had been stripped of their skin, all the way down to the bone.

Hodge had Firu transported to her vet’s office, and for the past few weeks, the dog has been under constant medical care. This past Saturday, he received his fourth surgery, this time draining and sewing up the 11-in.-long gash on his right shoulder. Since then, the wound has started to open up again, and Firu has been found to be heartworm positive.

Despite all this, Hodge is hopeful. “He is doing phenomenal,” she says. “He’s soaking up all this attention. I kiss him right on the snout —a lot —and you can tell he’s not used to that. So far, he’s been very forgiving of humans.”

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To find out more about Firu’s progress, visit his Facebook page, Firu’s Journey.

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11 years ago

Please let me be able to drag these monsters call humans! I want to make them suffer, I don’t want them to die, just have a long time healing from these wounds. If we could do this their would be a lot less child and animal abuse. I get so ill when I hear of things lke this, but I must bear witness!

11 years ago

OMG, send the dog to me & I’ll love it forever & ever. And send the heartless b#@*^%$ that did this to me & I’ll take care of business!!! Lilbob you can help!

10 years ago

poor dog u people have to realize wat would u feel if that was u

10 years ago

poor dog u people have to realize wat would u feel if that was u


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