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Theia, who truly rose from the grave, rarely stops wagging her tail. (PHOTO: WSU) Theia, who truly rose from the grave, rarely stops wagging her tail. (PHOTO: WSU)
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PULLMAN, Wash. - Given the popularity of zombie television shows, the image of an emaciated, hobbling, and dirt-covered dog must have been quite the cause for concern to a Moses Lake family, but it turns out it wasn't a zombie, just one of the toughest pups you'll ever hear about. Seriously.

Theia, a 1-year-old bully breed mix has been receiving care at Washington State University's Teaching Hospital after she showed up severely injured on a Moses Lake farm recently. 

The university says Theia was a wondering dog in the Moses Lake area that didn't belong to anyone, but everyone helped her out by feeding her scraps. But it was about a month ago that Theia was hit by a car, and WSU believes in what was a failed mercy killing, someone struck her on the head with a hammer and buried her in a field. 

But Theia wasn't dead. 

Four days later, she showed up, wagging her tail if you can believe that, looking for help. Theia had dug herself out of her own grave. 

“Considering everything that she's been through, she's incredibly gentle and loving,” said Moses Lake resident Sara Mellado, who took Theia into her home after hearing about her plight on Facebook. “She's a true miracle dog and she deserves a good life.”

Mellado asked a friend to drive Theia to WSU for an examination, and after hearing about her story, $700 from the veterinary hospital's Good Samaritan Fund committee was awarded to help pay for Theia's treatment. 

The hospital says despite everything she's been through, and coming into the hospital with a dislocated jaw, leg injuries, and a caved-in sinus cavity, Theia is always wagging her tail and planting kisses on people's cheeks. In fact, they say she is so lively that sometimes it's hard to tell anything is wrong at all. However, Theia's problems arise when she tries to sleep, which is why she needs surgery. 

A CT scan revealed Theia has a condition called nasopharyngeal stenosis, which is a constriction of the nasal passages that restricts air flow into the lungs. The hospital believes this is due to her caved-in sinus cavity due to the hammer attack in the failed mercy killing. 

“From what I've been able to piece together from talking to him and other people who had contact with Theia, her injuries to the sinus cavity were caused by hammer blows to her head,” Mellado said. “I'm assuming that the person who did this meant to put her out of her misery, but I'm still horrified by the carelessness of the act.”

To fix the problem, WSU wants to perform surgery and insert a stent that will help with her breathing. However, surgery can be expensive. 

That's why Mellado is trying to raise $3,000 for the procedure on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe. So far, contributions have come from Moses Lake, WSU and elsewhere. 

If you would like to contribute, go to http://www.gofundme.com/nfg6uc

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