VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – “Sit down, smoke,” says Brad Chambers on Tuesday morning.
She is full of energy and is already learning new tricks.
“Smoke is one of the most loving dogs I’ve ever met,” says Chambers.
But how this pit bull puppy got here is a fucking story.
“The stab wound went so deep into her throat that it damaged her windpipe,” says Chambers.
Rauch was reportedly stabbed to death by her owner on May 18. She escaped and found her way under Brad Chambers’ landscaping truck in downtown Portsmouth. Smoke was bleeding profusely and minutes away from death when Chambers used a trauma kit he needed to save her life.
“After that, she got really sick, air escaped from her chest cavity and went into her lungs and heart,” he said.
Smoke was admitted to a Suffolk animal hospital but eventually had to cross state lines and undergo surgery at NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
“She has made a full recovery from all surgeries and has loads of energy and her loyalty is solid,” said Chambers.
Her road to recovery cost a whopping $ 15,000, some of which was paid for by Chambers and the others from fundraising.
“She is a survivor of a stab wound from a rough part of Portsmouth and her name fits well with her legacy,” said Chambers.
Her owner, who was charged with animal cruelty, forfeited the property and Chambers intervened.
“This is a dog that needed to find a place where everyone around him could benefit from their love,” he said.
Miraculously, she has no lasting effects from the seven stab wounds. She is also on her way to becoming a certified therapy dog.
“We are now going to take extra steps to ensure her safety and health and I will be with her for the next season of my life and there are so many memories to be made,” said Chambers.