The worst thing that can happen to a dog is an abusive owner. When people are in danger, they have their voice to reach for help. But dogs are different. They learn to adapt to the torture coming from their owners.

Their only chance of escaping from an abusive owner is if someone actually reports the crime. Unfortunately, not all dogs are lucky enough to live with a happy family, and Lucy was one of them.

Lucy is now a happy and a playful dog, but that wasn’t always the case. She had a painful past, living with an abusive owner.

The shelter that saved Lucy had to fake her death, just to get rid of her previous owner. SNARR (Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation) received a call about a young pit bull covered with infections, and they needed to take action immediately. The call was coming from a shelter in Egypt.

Her owner was treating her so badly that he even broke her jaw at one point. The shelter wanted to rescue her but encountered a problem.

Lucy’s owner was sharing the property with the shelter. That’s why they needed a plan to rescue Lucy, without upsetting her owner.

So one day, when Lucy’s owner left the property, the shelter workers sent her to SNARR. When the owner returned, the workers told him that Lucy died.

“The shelter had to be very careful when getting the dog [off the property],” SNARR’s foster coordinator, told The Huffington Post. “If they made the man mad, then the shelter couldn’t exist — which would put all the animals under their care at risk.”

When Lucy arrived in the US, her injuries were even worse than before.

The smell of [Lucy’s] infection would turn your stomach, it was awful,” Lauren Connelly, the foster coordinator, told HuffPost. “Her jaw was so painful, she couldn’t eat. We had to make dog food soup so she can lick it up with her tongue.”

She was terrified

Because of her past and the injuries, Lucy was too afraid to leave her crate. Her violent past was confirmed by a veterinarian.

“The vet said that the jaw was broken in two places,” Connelly said — and the breaks appeared to be the result of blunt force. “She was either kicked or hit with something strong like a brick.”


SNARR was there every step of the way through Lucy’s recovery. 

“Something to be aware of is that she is timid, especially around adult males (being abused by a man, this is not surprising),” SNARR workers explained in a Facebook post. “She does not become aggressive, but withdraws acting timid, shy, and hiding.”

The workers from SNARR saved Lucy’s life.  They turned her into a very social 1-year-old pit bull pup with a happy personality. 

“She’s just like any other dog now,” Connelly told HuffPost. “You’d never know that anything had happened to her.”

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