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Update: Injured dog finds new home after reconstructive surgery


Last May, we told you about Jake the dog. The five-year-old lab mix was taken in by the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa in Decorah.

He was found by sheriff's deputies with severe injuries to his nose and lip. In addition, his toe nails were so long they curled into the pads of his paws.

Vets weren't exactly sure what caused Jake's facial injuries, but suspect it came from constantly rubbing on something such as a crate or confined space.

Jake had reconstructive surgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University last spring.

Since then, Jake has found his home sweet home in Harpers Ferry with Deb Gander and Dan McGovern.

Dan and Deb met Jake during a "meet and greet" in Prairie du Chien with Brenda Flatjord with the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa.

"Just before we left, I went over and talked to Brenda. I said we've got five acres in Harpers and we have room for another, if you're interested. We weren't the first interested, but when that interest wore off, Brenda gave us a phone call and we were delighted," said Dan McGovern.

Including Jake, Dan McGovern and Deb Gander have adopted five dogs from the HSNEI. There's Ruby, Mayme, Charlie and Buddy just passed away.

"I can't think of being in the world without a dog," said McGovern.

Dan and Deb knew Jake had undergone reconstructive surgery to fix his lip and nose. They said he may not be perfect, but he fits perfectly with them.

"They're animals lovers. Any dog would be lucky to be adopted by them. They're very compassionate people.," said Flatjord.

Brenda Flatjord said Jake knew instantly he was home.

"He walked in the door, took one look at me and said I'm home. See ya," said Brenda Flatjord.

"When he came through the door, the other guys looked at him and he looked around and had that look in his eye, I'm going to like it here," said Dan McGovern.

Since his surgery last spring, Jake has continued to heal. He still snores and sometimes make funny noises, but his recovery is pretty remarkable.

"He's an amazing dog. He's the most incredible, loving soul," said Deb Gander.

Deb and Dan said they love Jake more and more every day. Jake must be happy, too, because his tail rarely stops wagging.

For more information on the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa, click here.

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