Dog With No Nose Gets A Chance At A Normal Life

A severely injured Pit Bull mix named Khalessi is now getting the love she deserves and help she needs to live a relatively normal life.

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Khalessi, a Pit Bull mix, might be missing her nose, but she has a whole lot of heart. Via Passion 4 Pits Rescue/Facebook

It’s a story about a dog severely injured, left to fend for herself, and a case of unconditional puppy love that is touching the hearts of many.

The dog was found in an Orlando, Florida, neighborhood earlier this month. She had lost her nose and sinus cavity, “leaving a shortened snout with pronounced canines that give her an other-worldly, saber-toothed look,” reports The Tampa Tribune. The 2-year-old Pit Bull mix was malnourished and had to crawl to and fro because her rear legs didn’t work.

What girl doesn't love a little shopping? Via Facebook/Passion 4 Pits Rescue

What girl doesn’t love a little shopping? Via Passion 4 Pits Rescue/Facebook

Khalessi — named after the “Game of Thrones” heroine — was taken to Orange County Animal Services. It was there that she met Stephanie Paquin, founder of  St. Petersburg, Florida-based rescue group Passion 4 Pits, and her life took a turn for the better.

“My husband and I had gone into Orlando for a couple days off and … we stopped by the Orange County Animal Services to check on a dog that was on the euthanasia list,” Paquin told the Tribune.

She said one of the staff asked her to look a special case dog, with which they needed help.

“When they brought her out, I immediately started crying,” Paquin added. “She came home with us that day.”

"Smiling" for the camera, Khalissa seems to love the attention. Via Passion 4 Pits Rescue

“Smiling” for the camera, Khalessi seems to love the attention. Via Passion 4 Pits Rescue/Facebook

It’s unclear how Khalessi ended up in such a state, but it is believed she had been abused. Paquin told the newspaper she is doing all she can to help Khalessi – who has more than doubled her weight since being found – despite being criticized by some who say the dog should be euthanized to prevent suffering.

Veterinarian Kerri Slomcenski, owner of Hays Towne Veterinary Hospital in Hudson, Florida, supports Paquin. Slomcenski took X-rays, which revealed Khalessi will need up to five surgeries to repair her legs, a fractured spine and broken ribs that didn’t heal properly and her snout, according to the Tribune. Other than that, there was little indication the dog was suffering at all, she told the newspaper.

Khalessi spends a little time doing what dogs love to do best! Via  Facebook

Khalessi spends a little time doing what dogs love to do best! Via Passion 4 Pits Rescue/Facebook

“It’s all fixable,” Slomcenski said of Khalessi, who will be put up for adoption after her operations and rehabilitation. “She’s not ever going to be a regular dog. But what is a regular dog?”

Passion 4 Pits is raising money to help cover the vet bills. To date, the organization has raised more than $44,000 on

Despite all she has endured, Khalessi remains a happy little dog.

“She’s playful and gets along with other dogs,” Paquin told the Tribune. “She has an amazing personality for what she has been through and continues to go through.”

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  • I’m in tears. This poor baby deserves a chance. Despite the ugly injuries, you look into her eyes & see LIFE!

    Diana August 19, 2015 6:06 pm Reply
  • She is beautiful. I hope this sweet baby gets a good home with lots of love.

    Pam August 19, 2015 8:52 pm Reply
  • Why is it that when a dog or cat has health issue they want to put them to sleep. My Sheltie, Shadow, has a health issue and is 7 years old but I adopted him anyway. When I adopted him I saw him not the health issue or his age. I saw an animal that needed love and a furever home.

    Billie Hall-Francis August 26, 2015 6:18 am Reply
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