A dog who survived being stamped on and shot several times has found a home in the UK.
Millie, nicknamed snot monster, had to have life-changing surgery, but was left with a floppy tongue appearing under her crushed snout. Despite this, footage showed her jumping enthusiastically towards vets who operated on her and running around in Brighton.
She was rescued by Kasey Carlin in Russia where she was a stray dog and was found dying in the street. When she was found, she was trying to claw the rotting mess of her snout away from her face. After a fundraising effort, Millie was evacuated to the UK by the Wild at Heart Foundation.
She has undergone further surgeries and had to have an eye removed because of bullet shrapnel, but is getting on well. Kasey said: ‘When I saw her, I just fell in love with her instantaneously. She had no nose and a tube to help her breathe and smell but she was just so happy in her videos. My heart melted and I had to have her.
‘My desire to give her a loving home only increased after I heard about her story. When she was picked up, her face was just totally shattered, a complete mess.
‘We’re not sure if she was used as target practice before or if someone tried and failed to euthanise her – it’s more likely to be the former sadly.
‘I found Millie’s images on Instagram and then I posted in every one of her photos and sent multiple messages to get in contact and see if she’s still available for adoption. I finally google translated my messages and Irina from the shelter Vyberimenya spoke with me.
‘In less than three weeks her Russian shelter had raised the transport fees while in the UK I fundraised in the UK and in partnership with my charity Wild at Heart Foundation. In less than a week we had raised the funds to get her the specialist care she needed that would give her the life-changing surgery she desperately needed.’
Kasey is currently looking after four dogs, three of her own (Mishka, Maggie, and Millie) and one foster (Bella).
Maggie was found in horrific condition in Lebanon, tied to a box with her eyes shot out, her ear cut off, her jaw broken and bullet wounds all over her body. She is now a much sought-after therapy dog and has been nominated for a national bravery award.
When Maggie’s tragic origin story was first told, vets believed Maggie had been shot 17 times. New x-rays show she actually has well over 200 pellets riddled in her body, making her remarkable recovery practically miraculous.
For Kasey, caring for animals has always been in her nature. She said: ‘My dad always said that I’d bring home Bambi if I saw him at the side of the road.
‘I’ve always loved animals and always wanted to be a vet or conservationist when I got older. Now I get to work as an animal rescuer and therapist and it’s just the best work. I love it.
‘I love all my pets equally and they’re just normal dogs, none of them suffer at all. They eat, drink, and play like any other dog. They’re super happy and they make everyone they meet happy too.
‘Considering everything they’ve been through, their spirit just constantly overwhelms me.
They have so much love to give and they just want to be around people making them happy. They’re perfect.’