In April 2019, South Korea experienced one of the worst forest fires to have ever swept their lands, resulting in the destruction of over 1200 acres of land, 4200 displaced people, and 400 destroyed homes. Under a declared state of national disaster, over 900 fire engines and 10,000 emergency personnel were dispatched to fight the roaring blaze.
Although as organized and controlled as possible, records of the affected wildlife and other animals were less accounted for. In addition to the countless animals that perished in the fire, hundreds of shelter dogs perished in the flames. Those who did survive suffered many physical injuries, most of them serious burns. Otto was one of these dogs.
Otto was living in one of the many shelters that was affected by the fire. He was merely a puppy at the time, but endured burn injuries all over his body. He lost an ear as a result, but is lucky to have pulled through with his life. Without intensive medical care, he likely would not have survived. Having experienced such a traumatic ordeal has given him a new lease on life. He is happy and social with everyone he meets, including people and dogs at the boarding house where he currently stays.
This lovely boy does have some conditions he lives with that are unrelated to the fire incident. He was born with an ankle ligament longer than the rest, which causes him to walk differently (but without any difficulty). He also has a patella condition. In both cases, the vet has advised surgery is not needed, although joint supplements and multiple short walks are required. He does not suffer from any pain or discomfort as a result of his conditions.
Otto is a survivor who has been endured great tribulation in his short life. Although he is currently a happy boy in the shelter, it is not a home. It is time for him to find a family to call his own.
** Update: Otto found his forever home in Toronto.