I said good-bye to my awesome dog Casey 2 years ago. It was a long time to heal. I've been ready for a new dog, and have been waiting for the right rescue to come through the vet practice where I work. Somehow, you just know.
Please welcome Gretchen.
Her owners are divorcing. Mom had custody, and was not feeding her, apparently she was tied to a tree. There may be mental health issue. The divorce got nasty, and Dad hit her in the face with a baseball bat. She was found in the woods by hunters. Broken jaw, emaciated, dehydrated, low temperature, cuts on her legs and body. She had to be stabilized for a little before anesthesia and surgery to pin her jaw, she was in really bad shape.
Her jaw is healing very nicely. She is gaining weight, slowly (which is not a bad thing). Her coat looks better. She is such a sweetheart. Very playful. Getting good quality food, and good sleep.
She isn't very head shy, nor timid with strangers, male or female, so the actual abuse could not have been longstanding. (her tail is bent into a permanent L shape, I don't have the history on that injury).
The first picture is pre-surgery.