These surgeons saved a dog whose nose and ears were cut off — for free.


Baron undergoing surgery.

Baron is an eight year old rottweiler mix who was found by the Michigan Humane Society abandoned in Detroit in January. He was malnourished, his back legs and tail had been lacerated, and his nose and both ears had been severed off.

Baron’s injuries were so extensive that he would need surgery to reconstruct his muzzle and tail. Led by Dr. Bryden Stanley, a soft tissue surgery specialist at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, surgeons completed the successful surgeries in February, allowing Baron to start recovering and living a more comfortable life — and be able to get adopted by his forever family.

What’s even more amazing is that Dr. Stanley and her team did the surgery for free!

Dr. Bryden Stanley of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

MHS staffers knew they had to act fast to save Baron’s life. They reached out to Dr. Bryden Stanley, head of surgery at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, to reconstruct Baron’s tail and nose.

Stanley, Dr. Maria Posiedlik and Dr. Robert Fisher, MHS’ chief medical officer, performed the three hour surgery. According to Stanley, a surgery like Baron’s can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $3,500. Stanley’s team decided to do the surgery free of charge.
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Listen to an interview with Dr. Stanley here.

It’s just incredible to see how these surgeons came together to make sure that Baron received that best care possible and that they did it for free. Thank you!



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142 Comments Add yours

  1. Gisela Hetherington says:

    Thank you for your love that you expressed by saving Baron’s life.


  2. Susan Closson says:



  3. TY of you for helping Baron. Broke my heart. So happy for him and his new loving Mom and Dad. Bless of you.


  4. Iris Jones says:

    What wonderful people. God bless you xx


  5. AEL says:

    Thank you for your humanity and skill on behalf of an innocent dog! You are inspiring!


  6. If you did not believe in angles, this kindness will prove you are wrong.


  7. Beth says:

    Thank you for sharing your expertise and giving Baron what he needed to have a healthy and happy life! You are all angels.


  8. Tina Tine' says:

    Thank you saving another being without seeking profit.


  9. Laura Healy says:

    Why is it so hard for humans to demonstrate compassion towards animals? Thank all of you for your efforts on behalf of Baron. Let your actions inspire us to act on behalf of all of the other forgotten invisible Barons out there. They need all of us now more than ever.


  10. Anonymous says:

    God Bless you!


  11. Jean says:

    Thank you for giving of your time and expertise to perform the surgeries to save to save Baron’s life. You have given us hope that there are still kind and inspiring people who are willing to help animal and people. May God Bless you and thank you!


  12. Anonymous says:

    Thank you caring and your wonderful kindness. He deserves to be loved and cared for, it broke my heart to see what he had gone through. I am sending prayers to all of you and prayers for a speedy recovery for baron, as well as kisses and hugs to baron.


  13. Thank you so much for saving Baron.


  14. Anonymous says:

    God Bless You. This story is so shocking. I hope the person(s) responsible are found and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible. Thank you for literally saving this poor dog.


  15. Sheri says:

    Thank the good Lord for ppl like you, I pray, that God may bless each and everyone of you!!


  16. mark strandberg says:

    thank you for everything you did for baron. mich st will always rock it in my mind for now on. you made this poor fella realize there are good humans out there… and not just scumbags like the person responsible. and you made it possible to transistion baron to his new forever home and family. so again… from the bottom of my heart… thank you med vet staff of msu. you people are amazing 🙂


  17. ALMA says:

    Thank you so much for doing surgery .Its makes me happy that you helped him and free of charge. You are ALL AMAZING. POOR DOG WHOEVER DID THIS NEEDS TO BE IN JAIL FOR 20 YRS.


  18. Lynn Marie Bailey says:

    This is yet another wonderful story & a happy ending!! Pity these bad things keep happening to little innocents. Well done you all. 🐾🐾💕💕


  19. Margy Eatwell says:

    God Bless YOU! TY from Barron and dog lovers everywhere! Restores my faith in humanity.


  20. I also meant to add to my comment, to the family that adopted this handsome super gorgeous boy (even with his injuries) thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    God bless you too, please give him an abundance of the love and understanding, patience and rehabilitation he needs to feel trust again. Hold him and kiss him and value his little soul, that has been so let down and traumatised by a sick vile demonic scum pig posing as a human.
    You are special people, and I am so grateful he has you. Please give him lots kisses cuddles and belly rubs from me. xxx


  21. Elaine Robson says:

    Thank you for your kindness to this innocent dog. You are the best


  22. thank you for helping.


  23. Anonymous says:

    God bless your charity.


  24. T Crook says:

    You and your team are truly what defines compassion and love. Thank you for all the hard work you did to save Baron’s life and give him the love and happiness of an adoptive family. You all ROCK!!!


  25. Bob Ange says:

    Thank you to those doctors who opened their hearts and came to the aid of this poor dog. Through the prayers of St. Francis of Assisi, and all the saints, may God richly bless you!


  26. Dan meyers says:

    Can we see the surgery results?


  27. Mae Davis says:

    Thank you so much for what you have done for Baron. I found this to be the most horrific thing to imagine that a human could do this to an animal, any animal. Thank God there are people in this world like you and your team. You will be rewarded richly for what you have done for this poor dog. Thank you!


  28. Denise says:

    Thank you for the love for animals you gave and the kindness & generosity of your skill to tend to Baron s misfortune.


  29. Janis e says:

    How wonderful, a beam of light in the middle of hell


  30. Anonymous says:

    You all are amazing !! Thank you for your help and service to Baron! God bless you all, and thank God Baron was found to be given a second chance at life. I can’t even imagine what he went through. Stronger laws for abuse need to enforced


  31. cynthia zmetronak says:

    ThAnkyou for showing this dog the kindness and humane treatment he needs and deserves. May a new home for him only be full of kindness and live for the rest of his days. Thankyou to all involved in his rescue.
    Sincerely ,
    Cynthia Zmetronak


  32. Anonymous says:

    thank you for working to save him & another chance at life & to his new family!!


  33. David Vaillette says:



  34. Linda says:

    Bless each of you who took part in saving this precious boy who someone viciously mutulated! And for FREE!!! WOW! This helps to give me some HOPE for mankind! Perhaps there is a chance for mankind. Thank you for giving Baron an opportunity to live out his life. Without you 💜💜💜😇 I shudder to think what would have happened to this Sweet Boy. Kuddos! 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜🐶🐶🐶😇🐶🌠🌠🌠


  35. Linda Marie Ard says:



  36. Camille & James McConnell says:

    We’re so very happy for Baron, now that he’s been helped! Our deepest appriciation to all the doctors who gave their services for free. We would do the same! Certainly wish MORE humans had compassion for animals. And, if this ‘was not’ a dog fight, and humans did this – hoping their extermination has already taken place!!!


  37. Kuddos to the whole surgical team that did this for Baron !! I too was forever mutilated at the hands of a drunk driver. And while yes “good people do make mistakes.”, this heinous crime and drunk driving is a crime commited against all humanity, and should be punished accordingly !! T little PR**K who did this to me, and apparently Baron, didn’t even get his wrists slapped ! I say ; Hang um High !!


  38. georgeann says:

    Thank you so much for your time and energy in helping this poor dog.


  39. Anonymous says:

    If this was cruelty, you wanna know what I would do with the person(s) responsible for this? Put it this way; They wouldn’t be going to Jail
    I fully respect you guys for doing such a great thing


  40. Marie OBrien says:

    These three surgeons have a place in heaven. May God reward them here on earth and in heaven. Thank you, thank you !


  41. makeanimalsequal says:

    These type of stories make me so so so happy when they have a good ending!


  42. Sharon Zolg says:



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