SEWELL, N.J. – A New Jersey woman is providing a loving home to a dog that was mutilated by someone intent on eating it, according to WPVI – TV.
Teresa, a 2-year-old mixed breed, was rescued from Thailand in January after a man tried, and failed, to butcher her. The attack left Teresa without a nose and part of her top jaw missing.
With help from Facebook, friends and a GoFundMe account, Karen Quigley and her friend Michelle Weirich raised over $11,000.
The money was used to bring Teresa to the United States to pay have surgery she needed to extract teeth and repair her tongue.
“She can do everything and that’s what’s so remarkable about Teresa. She eats hard food, she eats wet food, (and) really I haven’t found anything she can’t do,” Quigley said. “She’s so amazing because she’s really so happy. She wakes up happy, she loves to run in the yard,”
“She can always breathe through her mouth, but the fact she can breathe through her nose just increases her quality of life so that’s great. She’s functional, she’s able to eat and drink, and play with toys, so that’s the important thing,” Dr. John Lewis said.
A special-ed teacher at Rowan College is hoping to get Teresa certified as a therapy dog to work with disfigured kids at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, according to WPV I- TV.