Toby the burned puppy gets a new eyelid

June 27th, 2014

Toby is a Lhasa Apso puppy named by caregivers after he was found in Greensboro, NC with serious burns over 50% of his body. Toby received life-saving care at the Guilford County Animal Shelter for third-degree burns on his head, neck, belly and front legs, and his right eye was removed. He was then sent to the North Carolina State University Veterinary School and Veterinary Health Complex for further care.

At NCSU, Toby’s left eyelid had to be carefully rebuilt. The veterinarian responsible for the surgery was able to take tissue from his ear and create the new eyelid. The surgery was successful, but it is too early to tell whether Toby will be able to close his remaining eye. After the surgery, Toby was placed in an intermediate care unit and given pain medication. He is now awaiting one more surgery, and a small skin graft on his back between his shoulders. Those caring for Toby said they were encouraged by his positivity and felt he would recover completely from his injuries. The Shelter Director, Marsha Williams, reports that  Toby could be adopted in a couple of weeks.

The medical care provided by the Guilford shelter alone cost about $5,000, plus between $10,000 and $15,000 for the treatment at North Carolina State University Veterinary Complex. The shelter hopes to pay for the full cost of Toby's medical care with donations.

Police are still seeking help in identifying Toby’s owner and to find out who caused the dog’s injuries. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000.