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09/11/2013 03:51 pm ET

Buck, Formerly Abused Dog, To 'Throw' First Pitch At Houston Astros Game

Buck first made headlines in January after he was found left for dead in a garbage bag in Conroe, Tex. The 3-year-old mixed breed had been shot in the head and face with a pellet gun, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter. But kind strangers and an online campaign saved his life.

Nearly eight months later, the resilient pup has been invited to "throw" the first pitch at a Sunday's Houston Astros game, KPRC reports. Buck will represent The Buck Foundation -- a nonprofit that one of his rescuers, Tami Augustyn, began in his honor.

When Buck was first found, Augustyn set up the Facebook page, 'Buck Needs Bucks for his Buckshot Injuries' to raise money for his medical expenses. The response was overwhelming.

“All of the support I got made me realize I had an opportunity, not only to help other animals but also raise awareness of animal abuse, animal cruelty, and animal welfare issues,” Augustyn told KPRC.

Despite being nearly blind in both eyes, Buck refuses to slow down. Right now, he's the September cover star of 'Texas Dogs & Cats' magazine. And on an almost daily basis, Augustyn posts pictures of the pup's recovery to his Facebook page.

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You can also watch a 4-minute video of Buck's story below. He will throw his first pitch this Sunday, when the Astros take on the Los Angeles Angels at 1:05 pm. Good luck, Buck!

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