Dog found with mouth taped shut recovers, becomes K-9 deputy

Chance found with his snout taped shut Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, then after being deputized into the Lee County Sheriff's Office. (Photo: Lee County Sheriff's Office)

LEE COUNTY, Fla. (WTHR) — A dog in Florida who got a chance on a happier life is making the most of it.

Animal services took in "Chance" after finding him roaming through backyards with his mouth taped shut. He had been panting, drooping and was reportedly suffocated. He also had wounds on his body.

After recovering at Lee County Florida Domestic Animal Services, Chance was deputized to become a K-9 with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The department said Deputy Chance described his first day on duty as "ruff," but said he is "eager to get his paws dirty."

According to WFLA-TV, there is a $14,500 reward for information in Chance's abuse case.

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