PHOENIX - The Arizona Animal Rescue Mission has some hopeful news about a 2-month-old husky puppy that is being kept in a medically induced coma after he was brought to the county shelter with his skull bashed in.
Last Sunday, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said the swelling had gone down and the puppy was alert, but likely blind. Monday, MCACC said if the puppy they are calling "BB Bear" recovers, he will most likely have no sense of smell either.
The county shelter said they have been "bombarded" with requests by people wanting to help or adopt the husky, but that may not be an option.
But three "top neurologists" gave rescuers some encouraging news about BB Bear’s recovery Thursday.
According to a Facebook post on AARM’s page, the neurologists each reviewed the husky’s records and have stated that it appears there was no damage to the brain stem, based on where the injury to the skull was.
The area of the brain that was affected has the ability to recover over time, given BB Bear’s age, according to the post.
The animal rescue mission said veterinarians recommended that the husky be heavily sedated for the next seven days to allow the swelling to continue to go down and for the blood clot to be absorbed into his body.
Once the period of rest is up, the doctors will bring him out of sedation, AARM said.
AARM said the procedure will require a great deal of funding.
© 2017 KPNX-TV