Chance was rushed to North Central Emergency Veterinary Center. Then Sherri Christopher of animal rescue group Guardians of the Green Mile got the call.
She was at home, eating Chinese food on Christmas Day, and nursing another battered dog - a refugee from the fighting ring named Edwin - when the veterinarian called.
A dog had been brought in by a Good Samaritan. Both hips broken. Foam coming out of his nose. He could scarcely breathe.
The surgical costs would be high. Would the Guardians be able to help?
"And I said, 'Absolutely, we're going to stand up for this guy. He's got the will. We've got the backing.'"
A mass of dead tissue had to be removed from Chance's mouth. His upper lips were almost gone completely, rubbed down to his gums.
And those broken bones? The group believes his hips were stomped on.