Theia is a dog with many lives. The bully breed mix is about a year old and has suffered more than any animal should. The stray dog was hit by a car, clubbed in the head with a hammer, then left for dead in a box in a ditch in Washington state, according to the Associated Press.
It’s not known who abused Theia, who showed up ill and covered in dirt at a farm. Prior to her near-death experience, she was a regular fixture at Moses Lake, a farming town about 100 miles west of Spokane, Washington. Her meager existence consisted of people feeding her scraps of food, on which she barely survived.
Vets pieced together what happened to her by her many wounds. Sara Mellado kindly took the dog into her home after learning about her plight on Facebook and named her. Sara set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the extensive veterinary care Theia needs, including surgery. Mellado told the Associated Press the following.
“I’m assuming that the person who did this meant to put her out of her misery. 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. She’s a puppy. She’s outgoing, lovable, up for meeting new people.”
Theia amazingly survived the abuse, but has a dislocated jaw, leg injuries, and a caved-in sinus cavity, according to ABC Channel 15.
The dog is receiving care at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman. Theia had a CT scan of her skull to determine what damage went unseen. Veterinary resident Andrea Sundholm indicated that, because of multiple nasal bone fractures, the scan revealed a condition that constricts the nasal passages and restricts air flow into the lungs.
Because of the damage she’s suffered, Theia is forced to open her mouth to breathe when she attempts to breathe through her nose. But opening her mouth is difficult because of her dislocated jaw.
Although her jaw is healing on its own, fixing the nasal-bone fractures will require a stent to be surgically inserted, according to Sundholm.
Despite Theia’s horrendous treatment by unknown abusers, the University indicated that the dog is friendly and loves to kiss people’s cheeks.
According to the GoFundMe page, over $12,000 has been raised for Theia’s treatment and surgery has been scheduled for April 22.
What do you think should be done if Theia’s abusers are ever found?
Another animal, a cat rescued named “Bruce Almighty” was also severely abused, according to an article in the Inquisitr. Someone had tightly wrapped electrical tape around his legs, cutting off circulation and leading to tissue damage. Rescuers are hopeful that they can save his legs. But the Regina Humane Society is seeking information leading to the identification of his abusers.
[Photo Courtesy GoFundMe]