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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro pup that was once fighting for his life is in need of a new home.

He goes by Banjo, and his recovery is one you gotta see to believe.

If Banjo's brown eyes could tell a tale, his would be a hair-raiser.

"Banjo has all the characteristics of what would be used as a bait dog," said Maeghan Hadley, founder of the 1 Day Ranch Animal Shelter.

Maeghan and Oklahoma City officials agree, it appears this part pit-bull mix was once pit against other dogs in vicious, illegal dog fights.

"One of our officers found him walking the streets," said Tracy Lyons, with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare. "Rips, puncture wounds, one of his ears was completely missing, right down to the canal."

He was rushed to the Animal Welfare division, where staff cut, cropped, and cleaned him up, trying to get Banjo back on his paws.

But the damage was so extensive, the city reached out to the 1 Day Ranch for help.

"They said I've got a dog and you might be crazy enough to take it," said Hadley. "I said alright, let's give it a shot."

Maeghan set to work, trying a different approach to heal little Banjo. She used aromatherapy, and Essential Oils throughout the healing process.

"Within 25 days he was entirely healed," said Hadley. "It was shocking."

Then the real work started, teaching Banjo to walk, talk, and bark like a civilized K-9.

"All the normal things that dogs do, he has no concept of," said Hadley. "He's never been treated like a pet before."

But the 4-year-old dog has provided Maeghan with nothing but love for weeks, all he lacks now is proper leash etiquette.

Banjo is finally ready to love on a new family, a family who is just right for him.

"He's gonna have to go to a very special family that understands what he's been through," said Hadley.

Later this week, Banjo will be neutered, and then will be available for adoption.

Meaghan says while he's an extremely friendly dog, he remains terrified of other animals, and should probably go to a home that doesn't have pets.

For more information on how to adopt Banjo, click here for  1 Day Ranch's website.