"When we received Gage he had what appeared to be days old burns over 60 percent of his body," the HSSM's Maren Slay told WLOX. "And in the beginning it was very severe. We really weren't sure if he was going to make it or not."
After three weeks of treatment, however, Gage made a remarkable recovery and his story of survival made it onto the news. That's when his former owners stepped forward to identify the dog, whom they both believed to be dead.