On July 15, Woodbridge Animal Control in Connecticut was dispatched to Merritt Parkway where a dog had been hit by a car multiple times.

The Mastiff-mix, now named Merritt, was first struck in the shoulder by an SUV, and then struck again when she nervously ran across lanes. The second time she was hit, the car was going nearly 60 mph and disclosed her back leg.

When animal control arrived, Merritt was relieved.

“Merritt could not wait to get in our crate once we arrived,” they wrote on Facebook. “It was if we could hear her sigh of relief that she was in a space where she thought she was safe. It was there that we realized the true horror that this poor girl had been living.”

Upon further examination, they realized that Merritt had been through a lot more than this car accident. She had been tortured even before this happened. Her ears were so mangled, her body was emaciated, and her front legs were chewed up and had scars all the way down them, as well as her chest and head.

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Rescuers believe she was previously tortured and used as a bait dog. But despite her past, she is as sweet as can be.

They rushed Merritt to the nearest animal hospital where they discovered four breaks in her back leg. After seeing a Board Certified Surgeon who specializes in Orthopedic Surgery, they decided that her injury was too severe and that amputation was the best solution.

Merritt is now being fostered by one of the officers while she heals. She will eventually go to therapy to build up her strength again and will be available for adoption once she is fully recovered.

Follow Woodbridge Municipal Animal Control on Facebook for updates on Merritt’s recovery.