UPDATE: Buddy, The Dog Set On Fire By A Child, Finally Gets His Bandages Off!

Buddy the dog has seen unthinkable cruelty — but the sunshine at the top of the tunnel is finally here. In April of this year, after being found beaten by a toddler in Mississippi, Buddy was forced to measure with a bandage to help heal his painful burns. Now, Buddy is bandage-free and continuing his recovery journey at the Mississippi State Veterinary Hospital.

Without a bandage to cover his eyes, Buddy can now be seen playing with toys and wandering in the lobby of the veterinary hospital. Tunica Humane Society said that for the first time in months, he has seen his entire personality change.

“Buddy’s days at Mississippi State are much different now,” the humane society said on Facebook. “His eyes are not any longer covered with heavy bandages. He can see and he's loving every minute of his new life. Buddy’s whole personality has changed since seeing the sunshine of day. he's happy and playful and walks the halls of the hospital with an excellent big ball in his mouth. He loves balls. He carries them around so everyone can see them.”

Due to burns on his face, Buddy will need to have surgery on his eyelids in the future. Eyelids. Except for now, he's just going to be a dog for the prime time in months. The vet allowed him to rest, but also set aside a day to make sure he had time and outdoor activities. Buddy has been doing so well that vets gave approval for his neuter surgery — and he went through it with flying colors . He’s now getting to start treatment for heartworms as he continues his recovery at Mississippi State.

In addition to the veterinary and humane society teams cheering Buddy on, he’s also gained an enormous following online. His most up-to-date recovery update has gotten over 26,000 likes on Facebook and nearly 5,300 comments wishing him well. The Humane Society has created t-shirts with Buddy’s face on them to assist show support for the dog.

It’s all that the sweet pup deserves after being put through such a lot. Despite what he’s endured, Buddy remains the sweetest, most loving dog. The Tunica Humane Society is thankful for all the love and support Buddy has received throughout his recovery journey. While it'll still be a while before he’s available for adoption, it’s clear there are already many of us curious about the sweet dog.

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Image: Tunica Humane Society/ Facebook “I need to say many thanks again to the thousands and thousands of individuals that have prayed for Buddy,” the humane society said. “Our prayers are being answered a day. May God still bless this precious dog.”

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