A dog who used to roam the streets of Moses Lake as a stray came back to life and is set for surgery.

About a month ago, the dog was struck by a car. A person then hit it with a hammer and placed it in a box in a field. The dog survived and was found covered in dirt in a nearby field.

“I’m assuming that the person who did this meant to put her out of her misery,” said Sara Mellado, who learned about the dog, adopted it and named her Theia.

The wounds helped doctors determine what happened.

WSU Veterinarian Charlie Powell found that Theia’s sinuses were crushed “in such a way that she can’t breathe well through her nose hardly at all,” he said.

Her sinuses require surgery and the correction will come with a cost.

“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.”

The WSU Veterinary Hospital’s Good Samaritan Fund awarded $700 for the treatment and a GoFundMe page set up by the woman who adopted Theia will cover the remaining amount.

The dog’s surgery is set for April 21.

Powell said the lesson to be learned from this is, “If people see a gravely ill animal or an animal that they feel is in distress and needs to be put out of its misery, try and get that animal to a veterinarian who can do it properly.”

Katrina Aman is an aspiring journalist who desires to be a person of positive influence. Particularly passionate about poverty alleviation and civil rights, she hopes her writing takes her where she can improve lives.