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New challenges for 14-month old pit bull abused in Berkeley County

Gabe the pit bull getting his bandages changed. (WCIV)

Gabe, a 14-month old pit bull, was severely injured after he was allegedly tied to a bumper and dragged behind a car in Berkeley County, say officials.

That was about 10 days ago.

The dog’s former owner, Chad Brinson from Cross, was arrested and faces a felony charge for ill treatment toward animals, states the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, Gabe was getting his bandages changed.

Gabe’s vet speaks about the deadly new challenges facing the 14- month-old pup.

It’s a long road to recovery for Gabe says his vet Dr. Michael Sauer, DVM of Paws and Claws Animal Clinic in Columbia, SC.

Now further complicated by a staff infection that’s extremely difficult to treat and contagious.

“He was in contact with a human with MRSA at some point and it’s cultured all over his body and now we have to pick stronger antibiotics just a whole other layer of issues that we have to work through,” says Dr. Sauer.

Gabe was covered in open wounds when he arrived at Dr. Sauer’s office.

“They were pretty serious. You could see bones and tendons in his feet all of his nails were worn all the way down on his rear legs and his chest had open wound,” says Dr. Sauer.

An open wound that is now being treated with a mesh covering along with parts of his paws.

“This is a piece of the mesh the skin will grow over it and through it,” says Dr. Sauer. “He had a lot of open skin that had no way to close it so instead of doing a skin graft, we had mesh to try to fill in those areas and allow the skin to grow through and heal faster.”

And where there was enough skin, Dr. Sauer used more than 500 stitches to close it up.

“This is just the top layer there is more that you can’t see, layer after layer ,” says Dr. Sauer.

Now Gabe must endure daily bandage changes for the coming months.

“First we are going to put on a spray that we know kills the MRSA on all the wounds,” says Dr. Sauer.

Now Gabe needs a lot of special attention. One of the things that are on the inside of these bandages is this special concoction. Dr. Sauer says they will use manuka honey, petroleum jelly and insulin. The insulin allows cells to pull glucose from the honey.

If you want to learn more about how to help Gabe, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC is the animal rescue that is helping support his care at Paws and Claws.

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