Saugus puppy recovers after fighting off rare, deadly flesh-eating bacteria infection

Mugsy watches the world go by while on the way home after surgery to remove 40 percent of his infected intestines (credit MSPCA-Angell).JPG

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Mugsy, bandaged up, looks out a window on the car ride home after surgery to remove nearly half of his intestines, which were infected.

A puppy from Saugus is recovering after an arduous month-long fight with an infection from a rare, flesh-eating .

Meanwhile, the veterinarians who treated him say they remain puzzled as to how he contracted the bug, formally known as necrotizing fasciitis.

“This kind of infection is extremely rare,” said Roxanna Khorzad, a veterinarian who tended to the sick young dog in the and critical care unit at the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain. “In fact I doubt I'll see another case in my career.”

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