Blind New Mexico dog needs new home

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A New Mexico dog who was chained for most of his life, even poisoned at one point, is now learning to get around without his eye sight.

He’s a little timid at first, startled by new sounds and new people, but within moments of sniffing someone out and a tummy rub, Raj a 65-pound-pit-bull will quickly turn into anyone’s best friend.

“It was just really amazing to see how such a good dog can come out of such a weird situation like that,” said Animal Humane Adoption Advisor Adrianne Lommasson.

Raj, 5, has a heartbreaking past.

He was tied to a chain for most of his life living in a debris filled backyard near Las Vegas, New Mexico.

“If you can imagine a junk yard probably something like that,” said Lommasson.

Raj lived there with two other dogs. They were also chained.

Recently, the animals were poisoned. Raj, who is now up for adoption at Animal Humane, is the only one who survived, but life is still very difficult for him. He’s completely blind.

“It’s difficult for anybody. With a human, you know we can have a seeing eyes dog or we can have a cane or something like that. Raj doesn’t have anything like that,” said Lommasson.

Raj lost one of his eyes a few years ago.

Vets at Animal Humane removed his other eye in July because of an infection.

Now, he’s having to learn how to do the simplest things again like walk.

“It’s hard for anyone to have their sight taken away, but he has a really good attitude for it,” she said.

A sign of a new beginning on life, unchained and out of harms way.

Raj is up for adoption at Animal Humane’s main campus. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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