Meet Lucy, a beautiful pit bull from Cairo, Egypt. Many people believe in Egypt, thoroughbred dogs are seen as prestigious and symbols of status, despite the fact they are a close breed to the wandering homeless dogs who patrol the streets for leftover scraps.
Her owner would beat her relentlessly and almost daily. Why would he do this almost every day, instead of simply giving her away?
No one really knew.
Lucy is still a puppy. She’s not even a year old. She was kicked again and again, and might have been struck with a brick. Her jaw was broken on both sides.
Her owner lost his temper for reasons we are unclear, and beat his dog to severely, she was on the brink of death. After news broke of the attack, a rescue group urged Lucy’s owner to give her away.
He dismissed it.
In a desperate attempt to save her from this cruelty, the group reached out to an animal rescue group in the United States called Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation (SNARR). The Egyptian group devised a plan while Lucy was receiving medical attention.
Then it was “go-time.” Lauren Connelly of SNARR told The Dodo that the group “told him she died and immediately put her on a plane to JFK airport. If they had not, she would have likely suffered more beatings and starved because she couldn’t eat with her jaw the way it was without specially mixed food,” she mentioned.
Lucy spent her first night at Connelly’s home after traveling from New York to Pittsburgh, thanks to the brave organization of volunteers. The next day, Connelly took Lucy to the hospital.
She was in bad shape with a shattered jaw and seeping infection in her mouth. “You literally had to hold your breath when she was near your face; it was so bad,” Connelly noted.
The infection got better and then Lucy saw an orthopedic specialist “who essentially rebuilt the jaw from the ground up,” said Connelly. In order for her bones to properly heal and fuse together, she had to wear a brace.
Lucy was greeted by her foster mom at the vet, whose goal was to work on Lucy’s emotional recovery and heal the hurt that inside. She’s beginning to smile again and everyone adores her.
She’s in need of a loving and caring home. If you are interested, visit SNARR’s adoption page. Or check out the group’s Facebook page for updates on Lucy.