Tuffy was like any other normal 6-week-old puppy, curious about the world and eager to chew. But when he made the mistake of chewing on his former owner’s cell phone, he was punished in a way that no animal should ever be treated.

To get back at Tuffy, the owner poured a pot of boiling water on the innocent animal, severely scalding him all over his body. But apparently that wasn’t punishment enough for this sadist — the owner then threw Tuffy from a four-story balcony and left him to die.

Fortunately, some luck was with Tuffy that day. Yan Yingying passed by the battered puppy and took him in. Then she took him to the vet every day for the next two weeks. But Tuffy did not seem to get better.

Still determined to save Tuffy, Yan eventually found her way to Animals Asia, which had access to more intensive veterinary care.

“As a vet you are exposed to cases of animal cruelty and neglect. It is never something you get ‘used to’ – but after a while you can become desensitized,” said Animals Asia vet Emily Drayton. “You learn to put your emotions aside and focus on what you need to do to help. But when I saw Tuffy all of that was completely obliterated. I was shocked and sickened to my core. I could not stop the tears from rising, there was no point. Never had I seen an animal in so much pain.”

Under Yan’s and Emily’s care, Tuffy has made remarkable comeback. And against the odds, he is now the happy, playful puppy he was meant to be. Great thanks to this puppy’s rescuer as well as the amazing team who worked tirelessly to ensure his survival. Let’s hope the days of suffering for Tuffy are finally over.