Cleft lip puppy awaits life changing surgery

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 9/20/2013 10:10 am
Nev. (KRNV & -- A six month old pit bull puppy was born with two cleft lips and a cleft palate, most dogs born with the deformity are euthanized, but Stitch has a different story.

Stitch was found by a homeless man in a dumpster in Southern California about six months ago. Stitch had been wrapped in plastic and left to die, more than likely, because of his unique birth defect that most puppies don't survive. Stitch has two cleft lips and a cleft palate, making it nearly impossible for him to eat and survive the way a typical puppy would.

Chrissy Boyles, Stitch's foster mom says, "His lips have not grown together and his teeth are growing in different directions. Two of his teeth are impeded into his nasal cavity, causing a little bit of trauma."

Boyles is also a licensed veterinarian technician and says dogs do get celft palates and lips, but it's not extremely common. Most dogs born with the deformity are humanely euthanized to avoid the surgeries and expenses, but Chrissy believes that Stitch deserves a chance at life.

Stitch will soon undergo the first of two, possibly three surgeries to fix his cleft lips and palate. The surgeries will cost upwards of $4,000 each. Despite being a pint-sized pit, Chrissy says Stitch will prevail, "He should live a full life and be happy and do everything normal, like a regular dog."

Eventually, Stitch will be up for adoption. If you are interested in meeting and helping Stitch you can head out to the Stone House Cafe on Saturday, September 21st from 12pm to 2pm.

For more information about Stitch and how you can help visit:!/pages/Fans-of-Stitch/570371306348656 
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Bubbles - 9/20/2013 9:19 AM
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Will the Veterinarian Hospital where the surgeries are going to take place except donations?

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