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Rescuers Shocked To Discover Why Sweet Dog Won't Give Kisses

No one can say for certain what this poor pit bull was made to endure in his life - but all signs point to unimaginable suffering.

Bubbles, as he's now known, was brought to safety by Animal Charity of Ohio this week after he'd wandered onto a stranger's porch in a likely bid to flee from his former owners. Judging from the scars on his face, the rescue group believes that he had been used as "bait" in a dogfighting ring.

They called his escape "a miracle" - especially when they looked deeper.

Despite being an apparent victim of abuse at the hands of humans, Bubbles was quick to show love and trust toward his rescuers. One gesture of canine affection, however, was oddly absent.

"That is when we noticed something wasn't right. He isn't giving us kisses," Animal Charity of Ohio wrote online. "His face touches ours, but that's it. One of us wondered out loud, 'Does he even have a tongue?' We were horrified when we looked inside his mouth and found that his tongue is missing."

It's unclear if Bubbles was born without a tongue, or if it was removed by someone intentionally, but that was far from the only malady his rescuers discovered. In addition to that, his teeth are ground down, and he tested positive for heartworm and other parasites.

Rescuer's aren't sure if Bubble's former owners will ever be tracked down, or the details of his sad history uncovered, but they are certain his life going forward will be brighter. They've scheduled for him to see a vet for treatment, and in the meantime are seeking a foster home for him to recover in, writing:

"Today is the first day of the BEST of his life."

To learn more about Bubbles, and to find out how you can help, visit Animal Charity of Ohio's Facebook page.