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April 03, 2015 09:00 PM

If cats have nine lives, this dog has 12.

According to USA Today, in February, stray dog Theia was hit by a car while walking along a highway in Spokane, Washington, prompting someone to pull over and check on her. Instead of taking the injured canine to a shelter, the person who stopped decided to attempt a “mercy killing,” thinking Theia was too far gone. So after being hit by a car, Theia was given several hammer blows to the head and then left in a ditch to die. But she pressed on.

In the days following the accident, the pit bull mix managed to pull herself out of the ditch and to the front door of a nearby farm. Finally, 1-year-old Theia was given some of the medical attention she desperately needed and also had her story posted to Facebook.

It was on the social network that Sara Mellado, who had recently lost her German shepherd, saw Theia’s struggle and reached our with an offer to foster the pup. The dog moved in with Mellado soon after and quickly befriended her 1-year-old daughter.

While Theia’s tail never stops wagging, she still has some healing to do. After moving her in, Mellado took Theia to the vet and discovered the dog was suffering from leg injuries, a dislocated jaw and a caved sinus cavity. The canine has now made several trips to Moses Lake Veterinary Hospital and Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and is on her way to being 100 percent healthy. The biggest hurdle is fixing Theia’s numerous nasal bone fractures so she can breathe properly again.

To help pay her new buddy’s medical bills, Mellado started a GoFundMe page, which has already surpassed its goal of $10,000. Once all of her procedures are complete, Theia is expected to live a full and happy life. And there are plenty of people who are eager to share it with her; Mellado has already received numerous adoption applications.

“Considering everything that she’s been through, she’s incredibly gentle and loving,” Mellado said. “She’s a true miracle dog, and she deserves a good life.”

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