Gus the dog's signs of severe abuse fading after surgery in Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- In an encouraging sign, Gus the dog, who was found severely abused in the Sunnyside area, appears to look better than when he was rescued.

The Facebook page dedicated to his recovery, Gus' Journey, presented an updated photo of the canine.

In the caption accompanying the post Monday, Gus is said to be brought to work with his foster parent, an animal hospital worker, every day. According to the post, the canine's next official follow-up will be at the beginning of next week, when vets will check his neck area, lab works, fractures, and skin infections. At that point, doctors will make the determination if more surgery is needed. He was expected to have at least one more.

When Gus was found, he had a rope embedded in his neck, and it appeared someone had shot him with a pellet gun. His neck was very swollen.

After surgery at Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine, though, Gus' neck area seems to be back to normal, except for some excess skin from the swelling.

"It's wonderful to see him blossom and not be afraid of people despite what could've happened to him," veterinarian Dr. Daniel Eckman said.

He was described as being like a brand new dog.

"He moved, but very slowly," veterinarian Dr. Lisa Howe said. "He did not have personality. His head was so swollen and so heavy."

Doctors expect him to make a full recovery and then be available for adoption.

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