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Dragged pit bull to get prosthetic right paw

A blue pit bull that was allegedly dragged by a car and later taken to a veterinary clinic will undergo surgery this week.

The dog, who has been given the name Valentine, was brought by a division of Healthy Paws Rescue to the Bear Valley Animal Hospital in Apple Valley on Thursday with multiple injuries, including a severely damaged right paw and a fractured skull.

The dog had dragged herself to a nearby cement plant before the rescue group found her and brought her in, said Michelle Lively, a veterinary assistant at the hospital.

The dog had an injury to her right eye, possibly from being struck with an object, road rash, and broken bones. Her front right paw will be amputated properly during surgery Tuesday and the front left paw has since been splinted. Lively said that enough donations were received that Valentine will be getting a prosthetic right paw.

"This kind of abuse case is pretty rare, but we do see some neglect," Lively said. The clinic's staff also found rocks in the dog's stomach, a sign that she may have been starving.

The 10-month-old dog seemed content with a festive scarf wrapped around her neck, Lively reported, adding that despite her injuries, she kept wagging her tail and wasn't afraid to give people kisses.

Valentine has a lot of options for adoption post-surgery, Lively said, adding, "She's a lucky girl."

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