Fresno doctors work to save a little dog - rescued from severe abuse

FRESNO, Calif.

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Caretakers say despite the nagging issue, the dog has a wonderful attitude. He's been named Steve Austin, or the Million Dollar Dog by the staff at the Central California SPCA. His teeth are crooked and his tongue hangs out as a result of the broken jaw.

Despite it irritating issue the Chihuahua-terrier mix is completely content just getting a little TLC.

"He's about 5 years old," said Beth Caffrey. "He's got a wonderful attitude. He ignores the fact that he is in pain because he really just wants the love and attention."

Fresno police were called out to a home in February to find four dogs in grave condition. SPCA workers say three pit bulls died from malnutrition and dehydration. Officials say they also had several parasites that made matters worse.

Steve Austin is a survivor, but giving him a better quality of life is expensive. It will cost at least several thousand dollars for the corrective procedure. Surgeon will decide what will work best once he takes a look inside.

The vet says that after Steve Austin heals his prognosis is good. This is the dog's second surgery.

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