This stray dog was hit by a car, hammered on the head and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state.
But days later, sickly and covered in dirt, the one-year-old bully breed mix showed up at a nearby farm.
The dog who defied death, now named Theia, is recovering with the help of veterinarians at Washington State University and will soon undergo a much needed surgery. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Ryann Simmons sits with the dog his girlfriend is fostering at their home in Moses Lake, WA. The dog, Theia, survived being run over, beaten with a hammer and buried, and now needs surgery.
2. Theia, a 1-year-old bully breed mix was hit by a car and then struck in the head with a hammer and buried, but she managed to dig herself out.
Theia used to roam the streets in Moses Lake, a farm town about 100 miles west of Spokane, and get by on scraps of food from people.
But about a month ago, she was hit by a car. Then it got worse, as someone struck her on the head with a hammer and put her in a box in a farm field.
However, the canine somehow managed to survive and was found at a nearby farm with a dislocated jaw, leg injuries and a caved-in sinus cavity.
Theia’s wounds helped veterinarians put together what happened, including the blow from the hammer.
3. A driver hit the dog with a car — and that person proceeded to strike the dog. The dog appeared to be hit with a hammer in a mercy killing.
4. Theia is scheduled to go into surgery in a few weeks’ time, after raising money through crowdfunding.
Sara Mellado, who learned about the dog’s plight on Facebook and took her into her Moses Lake home, said:
I’m assuming that the person who did this meant to put her out of her misery.
She named the dog Theia. Mellado told The Associated Press:
Considering everything that she’s been through, she’s incredibly gentle and loving. She’s a true miracle dog, and she deserves a good life.
5. Theia, who truly rose from the grave, rarely stops wagging her tail.
6. Theia’s injuries include a dislocated jaw and multiple bone fractures around her nasal cavity, which makes it difficult for her to eat and breathe but it looks as though she is truly on the mend.
Theia is currently receiving treatment at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman.
A CT scan of Theia’s skull revealed a constriction of the nasal passages, which restricted air flow into the lungs, explained veterinary resident Andrea Sundholm, who is assisting with Theia’s treatment. It was caused by multiple nasal bone fractures.
When Theia attempts to draw air in through her nose, she has to open her mouth to breathe instead. However, with a dislocated jaw, this is challenging as well.
The dog’s jaw is healing on its own, however the nasal-bone fractures have caused lasting issues, Sundholm explained. Fixing it will require a surgery to insert a stent, she added.
7. Mellado has raised more than $22,000 towards the dog’s surgery using the crowdfunding website GoFundMe. So far, contributions have come from Moses Lake, Washington State University and elsewhere.
8. X-rays of Theia’s skull show the damage that was caused by everything she went through.
The veterinary hospital’s Good Samaritan Fund has awarded $700 to help pay for Theia’s early treatment.
Meanwhile, Mellado has raised more than $22,000 for Theia’s surgery on the GoFundMe crowdfunding website and is now planning to call WSU to schedule the much-needed surgery.
The university said that despite her injuries, Theia is friendly and enjoys kissing people’s cheeks.
Mellado said that she has been flooded with calls from people seeking to help. Theia is currently staying with Mellado’s family until they find her a permanent home for her. Mellado said:
She’s a puppy. She’s outgoing, lovable, up for meeting new people.
9. Meet Theia — the miracle puppy who came back from the dead.
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