A dog whose face was ripped off by Chinese meat traders is set to undergo major facial reconstructive surgery after being left with breathing problems and bleeding from the nose.
Angel the Belgian shepherd's funny looks melted many hearts on social media with 30,000 Instagram fans chipping in £4,500 to help with her health problems.
The unlucky pooch was rescued from the back of a truck on its way to a slaughterhouse in Changhun, China, in 2015, before being rehomed by a dog-loving Brit.
Hollie Cornes, 25, said she immediately fell in love with Angel, whose "horrific" facial injuries were caused by tools dog catchers use to get a hold of canines and drag them off.
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Angel had surgery in the Chinese capital Beijing before being flown to the UK by Rushton Dog Rescue.
Holly was devastated when specialist vets Fitzpatrick Referrals said Angel would still need an unaffordable £7,500 worth of procedures to fix her remaining health problems.
But her dog's wonky smile caused a stir on social media where she quickly racked up 30,000 Instagram followers – including one who single-handedly paid for a £2,500 CT scan.
Hollie said: "We raised the money really quickly, which I never expected.
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"Without the fundraising and her support system it wouldn't have been an option – in total it added up to cost about £7,500 – which we never would have been able to afford.
"She's got so many people that love and care about her [on social media] – it was only because of that that I thought it would be possible to raise that amount of money.
"We were told her initial CT scan would be £2,500 and one lady on Instagram sent the money straight away – which was incredible.
"I personally think this surgery has been life-changing for her.
"I didn't want to put her through any more stress and surgery – none of this was for aesthetic reasons, I loved the way she looked before – it was purely based on her quality of life."
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