LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A little Yorkie is lucky he had people with big hearts in his corner.

Mike Dinow, reporting for CBS2, says after being nearly mauled to death by a coyote near La Canada, the little 2 and 1/2 year old pooch — named Alvin — was nursed back to health (for two months) by a vet and caring staff at Glendale’s Hillcrest Pet Hospital.

The receptionist, Narenea Baltakin, says, “when he came in he was bleeding through the nose. There were puncture holes all over him. At first we thought he was hit by a car. We thought he was dead.”

Alvin’s original owners have abandoned the dog — doubtful about his full recovery and the mounting medical bills. (The staff of the hospital has since paid all the bills from their own pockets.)

It was determined the coyote whipping Alvin around by his teeth probably led to spinal damage that made  it difficult to move his back legs.

In fact, Alvin has been affectionately nicknamed “Tokyo Drift,” after the “Fast and Furious” maneuver that allows the back end to glide through a turn. After two months of rehab, Alvin can now move one leg completely well and he has partial use of the other.

So why do people at the hospital believe Alvin lived to see another day? Says Baltakin, “He got a lot of love and he has the heart of a lion.”

For more information about adopting Alvin, send an E mail to: smashfacerescue911@yahoo.com

Comments (17)
  1. Stephanie says:

    Why cant this baby go back home? The vet said they were footing the bills….I think it would be best for the dog and the owners if Alvin was at home where he knows everyone…it never did make sense if someone couldnt afford to fix their dog after such an attack that if someone else stepped in and paid the bill that dog should go back home….is that what helping others out is all about????

    1. Jeezus says:

      a yorkie just doesn’t seem like an outside dog in the first place….you’re thinking too hard Stef. They ARE helping others here…..OTHERS being the dog, and society…..AND even the owners- by helping them learn a lesson about what’s important in life or not. The dog likely knows that at “home” he’s not as cared for as at say the place that fixed him back to his feet. New home is undoubtedly in order. Thank you Christine for the insight as well.

    2. MT says:

      My understanding from talking with some involved is that the family wasn’t the best family for this dog. Let’s leave it at that.

  2. Me says:

    So your child gets sick and bills are high you put it up for adoption? A*holes.

  3. Jimbo says:

    What a cute, loveable dog!

  4. Christine says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    We have had that question alot. Before we took over care they came in and confirmed he was theirs they wanted to put him to sleep. So I stepped in and said I would take him on with the hopes he would get better. It’s not a matter of financial issues but from what I was told by the owner, that Alvin was an outdoor dog. I didn’t want to invest the money and give him back to the owner and have him just put in the backyard where this had happened in the first place. I understand the question but it’s a matter of safety for Alvin.

  5. WileyInCA says:

    Blessings on the entire staff at Hillcrest Pet Hospital for demonstrating their humanity and care for a creature in need. I agree with Christine that returning Alvin to his original home is not the best solution. Having an “outside” dog is just an excuse for treating them like furniture….. neglected and throw-away. Alvin will be much better off in a new home that keeps him inside, takes him for twice-daily walks, and showers him with love.

  6. denise says:

    is he still up for adoption?

  7. Thank you says:

    There has been a huge amount of inquires about Alvin just from the broadcast from last night. If it wasn’t for the help from the founder of Smashface Rescue, it would have been hard to find Alvin the right forever home. It’s because of him and his huge heart, that it was made possible to make the search known.
    I’m glad I wouldn’t let Alvin be put to sleep without giving him a chance. Even when some would say to, I kept hoping and he made it threw. Without the care from the DVM I work for and the huge heart he has as well, it would have been nearly impossible. I owe a HUGE thanks to both Smashface Rescue and my boss.

    1. Thank you says:

      Christine Broyles

  8. Gail says:

    What an incredible spirit that little Yorkie has. I am so glad that he has another chance at a good life. Please let me know if he is still up for adoption. Thank you.

  9. Denise says:

    if Alvin is still up for adoption, please contact me, I’ll give him a home! 🙂

  10. WileyInCA says:

    What is the status of this little one’s adoption? I submitted an email asking to be considered, but have heard nothing back and haven’t seen any new posting as to Alvin’s forever home. Is he okay? Does he have a new home yet?

    1. Christine says:

      We are currently still looking threw the emails and getting back to the ones that seem fit for his care. Unfortunately because of the volume of emails it is difficult to get back to everyone. So far there have been some emails in which we are considering.

      1. WileyInCA says:

        You are wonderful people for doing this work … thank you.

  11. Krista says:

    Every time I watch this video my heart just melts. I am so glad that this little guy is getting a second chance at the life he deserves. Sounds like there are a lot of people who want to adopt this sweet little guy! I myself have fallen in love with this amazing dogs heart and spirit!

Leave a Reply