Jaws received justice and a surgical makeover Monday.
The whippet-mix dog was seized February 19 from its owner, Raymond Majette, 64, of Cove City. The dog – dubbed “Jaws” by the Colonial Capital Humane Society that is seeing to his rehabilitation, was found with a jaw that had been badly broken at least a month prior, and that had begun to heal in a malformed matter that made it difficult for the dog to eat.
Colonial Capital’s Lisa Lee stated that the veterinarian who first treated the dog said that Jaws must have been in severe pain for some time.
Majette was charged Saturday with felony cruelty to animals and was released on his own recognizance. He had his first appearance before a district judge Monday morning.
After being checked over and x-rayed by Dr. Natalie Shelton of Neuse Vet Clinic, Jaws was turned over to a foster home. He was scheduled for a surgical procedure to take place Monday in Greenville, in which the front of his lower jaw, before the break line, will be removed.
Dr. Sonja Szymeczek of Points East Veterinary Specialty Hospital did the surgery, which was paid for through donations.
“He will look like a dog that has ‘parrot mouth,” Shelton said – a dog with a strong overbite.