MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) A pregnant dog left for dead on the side of the road was picked up by a Good Samaritan during one of the coldest nights in East Tennessee.
The Blount County Humane Society, along with the Southwind Animal Hospital are caring for the two year-old Chihuahua/Terrier mix. They've named her Grace, and it is by no shortage of grace that she is still alive.
"She was found in a cardboard box with a hole cut out like it had been her little house," Steve Phipps of the Blount County Humane Society explained.
Grace was also in the middle of giving birth to three puppies, all of which were dead. One was halfway out of her body when she was found.
"She was in really grave circumstances," Phipps said.
Grace is now on the road to recovery after undergoing an emergency C-section. She loves to run, lick, fetch and even lay in someone's lap after a long day of playing.
Veterinarian Heather Lollar at Southwind Animal Hospital says cases like Grace's are exactly why people need to spay and neuter their pets.
"If she had been spayed, even if she had been left in that box, she at least would not have had part of a puppy trying to pass out of her birth canal, basically hanging out of her," Lollar said.
Grace was also infested with worms and parasites, which Lollar pointed out is another reason why pet owners need to properly medicate their animals so prevent unnecessary illness.
Lollar said Grace should be ready for adoption within the next week.
Contact the Blount County Humane Society for more information at 865-382-7652.