PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Two months ago one-year-old Hope was hit by a car on Industrial Road in Pascagoula on the night of February 17.
To make matters worse, the one-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier was then dragged underneath the car.
Not only was she having to deal with life threatening injuries, Hope was also severely malnourished weighing in at only 30 pounds.
Against all odds, little Hope's been on a steady road to recovery.
"I thought, 'Oh my God.' When I first saw her, I didn't know if she was going to make it. Before she was hit it was evident that she was severely neglected. She was skin and bones," Forever Home 4 Dogs founder Ann Sepulveda said.
Sepulveda said she's rescued animals for years and Hope's health and injuries were the worst she's seen.
"The girl who hit her was very shaken up. Thank goodness she turned off her car and called the Pascagoula Police Department," Sepulveda recalled.
Pascagoula Police said Officer Ryan Morris jacked up the car and pulled Hope out, then called Sepulveda.
"He didn't give up on her. Not too many people will rescue a dog stuck underneath a car," she said.
That's why, Sepulveda said, Hope's name is fitting.
"If she didn't get the help she would have gone into shock and died," Sepulveda said. Now, Hope is going to have a new start and there's hope that she can have a better life."
Sepulveda said the resilient pooch is also providing hope to her rescuers.
Hope's injuries are healing. She's been vaccinated and spade and is playing with other dogs. She loves riding in a car and walking on a leash, however, there's still a ways to go.
She has to undergo a series of evaluations including temperament testing and socialization.
Soon she'll be taken to Karen's K-9 Obedience for obedience and behavior training, and then she'll be ready for adoption.
For more information about Hope or other dogs at Forever Home 4 Dogs click here.