This story just gave me chills. It is truly amazing. I'm still in awe...
A one year old mutt named Theia, who is now MORE THAN APPROPRIATELY deemed "the miracle dog" was found badly injured outside of Spokane, WA in February. Theia had been hit by a car and apparently, the person who hit her, tried to put her out of her misery by hammering her in the head. (I have chills as I'm writing this...)
Miraculously, Theia stumbled to a nearby farm in Moses Lake where Sara Mellado found her and came to her rescue. To add an incredible caveat, Sara had just been forced to euthanize her 9 year old German shepherd two weeks before she found the injured Theia and was still "devastated" from losing her pup.
Then an injured Theia shows up, in what has now become one of the most amazing dog-human saving each other stories that I've ever read about in my life.
"I'm assuming that the person who did this meant to put her out of her misery," Mellado told the Associated Press. Mellado immediately started Theia's recovery by taking her to a local vet hospital, where they found her to have leg injuries, a dislocated jaw and broken bones in her nasal cavity - evidently from hammer blows to her sweet little head. Because Theia still needs nasal surgeries to repair the damage so that she can breathe regularly again, Mellado started an online fundraising campaign hoping to raise $10,000 for Theia's surgery. As of this week, she has raised over 11k, and Theia's surgery is scheduled for April 22.
"Considering everything that she's been through, she's incredibly gentle and loving," Mellado told AP. "She's a true miracle dog, and she deserves a good life."
So far, there have been numerous people who have reached out to Mellado to adopt Theia. Vets say she is expected to live a full, healthy life.
I love this freaking story!!!!!
Story courtesy of USAToday.com. Special thanks to Michael Winter at USAToday for the report.
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