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Puppy survives being boiled alive and thrown from 4th floor window after chewing owner’s phone

David Kearns

Published 01/12/2015 | 12:15

Tuffy suffered 60 pc burns to his small body Credit: Animal Asia
Tuffy suffered 60 pc burns to his small body Credit: Animal Asia
Tuffy as he is now Credit: Animal Asia
Tuffy after his first operation Credit: Animal Asia
Tuffy hours after he was found Credit: Animal Asia
Tuffy hours after he was found Credit: Animal Asia

A tiny puppy left for dead after it was boiled alive and tossed from a fourth-floor window has been nursed back to health thanks to the kindness of strangers.

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Tuffy, a six-week-old crossbreed, was subjected to the horrific attack after its owner found it chewing on his mobile phone.

The tiny dog was doused in scalding water as a punishment before being thrown from a fourth-floor balcony in Chengdu, China.

Left to die on the streets, Tuffy was only saved when passer-by Yan Yingying (30) saw the defenceless pup and took him straight to a vet.  

With his injuries so severe there was little hope that the puppy would survive, however refusing to give up Ms Yan contacted bear-rescue charity Animals Asia who flew in a specialist vet from Hong Kong to manage Tuffy’s recovery.

Tuffy with best friend Ms Yan's cat Credit: Animal Asia
Tuffy with best friend Ms Yan's cat Credit: Animal Asia
Tuffy Credit: Animal Asia
Tuffy Credit: Animal Asia

The brave pup needed to have its legs and eyes separated because they had fused together, and it also required a skin graft to replace the 60 pc of its skin covered in blister.

“Tuffy was forced to sleep with his eyes open as his burnt eyelids were too tight to close and needed to receive painkillers around the clock,” Animal Asia said.

"In the beginning , his head was the only place you could touch him without causing pain.”

Now, months later, Miss Yan has become Tuffy’s permanent owner, saying the brave pup is recovering well.

Tuffy in one of his outfits Credit: Animal Asia
Tuffy in one of his outfits Credit: Animal Asia
Tuffy in one of his outfits Credit: Animal Asia

“Tuffy is finally playing like a normal puppy and is slowly learning to trust humans again,” she said.

"To say he is a fighter is an understatement. 

“I do not think he has forgotten what has happened, I don’t think he ever will but he has more passion for life than any animal, or person, I have ever met. Nothing can keep him down. He is boisterous and full of play."

Currently there are no animal-welfare laws in China so Tuffy's former owner faces no risk of criminal conviction for his actions.

Movements towards animal welfare and animal rights are expanding in China, especially amongst Chinese pet owners, and in May China's national legislature the National People's Congress once again heard a draft proposal to introduce an anti-animal cruelty law.

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