A stray dog is on the road to recovery after being hit by a car, struck in the head with a hammer, and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state.
The dog was known to roam around the streets of Moses Lake, where locals would often feed her, the Daily Mail reports.
About a month ago, the 1-year-old bully breed mix was run over by a car. It is believed whoever ran her over attempted to mercy kill her by cracking her in the head with a hammer and then putting her in a box in a farm field.
But the tough puppy didn’t die.
She was discovered days later in a nearby farm, sick and covered in dirt. She had a dislocated jaw, leg injuries and a caved-in sinus cavity.
Local resident Sara Mellado heard about the pup’s plight through Facebook and decided to take the dog into her own home. She named her Theia.
Mellado took Theia to Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman, Washington. Veterinarians were able to piece together what happened to the pup based on her injuries.
A CT scan of Theia’s skull revealed that she suffered multiple nasal bone fractures, which makes it difficult for the dog to breathe through her nose and restricts air flow to the lungs.
Theia is forced to breathe mostly through her mouth, but even that is difficult for her because of her dislocated jaw.
While Theia’s jaw is healing on its own, the nasal bone fractures have caused lasting problems and require surgery. The hospital's Good Samaritan Fund awarded $700 to help fund Thea’s early treatment.
“Considering everything that she’s been through, she’s incredibly gentle and loving,” Mellado told The Associated Press. “She’s a true miracle dog, and she deserves a good life.”
Mellado has raised more than $10,000 for Theia’s medical expenses through a crowdfunding website. She plans to call WSU soon to schedule the surgery.
Theia is staying with Mellado and her family until they find her a permanent home. Mellado says she’s been receiving many phone calls from people who want to help.
“She’s a puppy,” Mellado said. “She’s outgoing, lovable, up for meeting new people.”