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Dog thriving after found shot, left for dead last year

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McMINNVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

More than a year after one of the most shocking cases of animal cruelty Warren County has ever seen, a dog that was found beaten, shot and left for dead is not only surviving, she's thriving.

The last time veterinarian Dr. Gayle Tate, with the Cannon County Animal Clinic, saw Corona the dog, she was beaten, bloody and barely holding on.

Now, the pit bull mix is the picture of health.

"Her color is nice and pink and teeth pearly white, and her coat just looks great," Tate said.

It's hard to believe when you consider Corona's injuries in August 2012.

"Her injuries were terrible - some of the worst I've ever seen," Tate said. "Her eyes were swollen. There was a lot of blood. There were some holes in her upper bridge of her nose."

Someone beat Corona with a baseball bat, jammed a gun in her mouth, pulled the trigger and left her for dead.

Clay Lerch, a volunteer with Warren County Humane Society, rushed the dog to the animal hospital in nearby Cannon County and has cared for her ever since.

"We've had so many that are injured, sick, abandoned with different illnesses, mange, hit by cars, beat, a lot of starved dogs," Lerch said. "She's endured a lot, but she's a survivor and a fighter."

She still has some bullet fragments in her neck, but there's no reason to believe she won't live a happy, healthy life.

The Warren County Humane Society has rescued about 700 animals in the past year. The group is holding its annual fundraiser auction Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the McMinnville Civic Center.

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