PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A puppy who was found with a metal rod lodged in his head is going to have vision in both eyes.

Earlier this month, the now 12-week-old terrier mix was brought to University Veterinary Specialists in McMurray. The five-inch metal rod in his head went through one eye, through the other eye socket and the front part of his brain.

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“It’s nothing short of a miracle that he has both of his eyeballs, and he is going to live a normal, happy life,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rory Lubold.

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According to a press release from University Veterinary Specialists, the puppy is doing remarkably well after surgery.

“We confirmed that the puppy had vision in the left eye after surgery. The right eye sustained significantly more damage and it was unclear if he would even be able to keep the eye. The doctors and technicians here at University Veterinary Specialists have been working diligently to save the eye and preserve vision. This is the best possible outcome,” said Dr. Lubold.

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“We wanted to make sure we gave this puppy the best chance possible. Thanks to the help of our partners in the ophthalmology department at The Ohio State University, we now expect him to make a full recovery. He continues to impress us at every turn; he’s a fighter,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dimitri Brown.

Some of the staff members at the clinic have donated their time towards the pup’s care, and donations continue to pour in to help.

“To see him not even be able to open his eyes, to being able to see to chase a tennis ball or have a play date, it’s heartwarming,” said A.J. Owen, a staff member.

Whatever happened to the puppy – appears to have happened in the Bentleyville area. Washington County Humane officials are handling the investigation.

Donations to The UVS Cares Foundation can be made here, or by calling (724)-717-CARE (2273).

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