A puppy affectionately nicknamed "snotmonster" lost her nose when she was shot at and stomped on the face.
The fawn-coloured dog, whose real name is Millie, was left with a long, floppy tongue hanging below her crushed snout after being attacked as stray on the streets of Russia.
When Millie was rescued from the cold, she was attempting to claw the rotten flesh of her snout away from her own face – now vets have given her a new lease of life with nose reconstruction surgery.
After being brought to England for life-changing surgery, she was pictured bounding enthusiastically up to the Brighton-based vets who saved her life.
Her rescuer, Kasey Carlin, 25, from Indiana, US, told how her pet was found dying on the streets by animal activists. She had been shot in the face multiple times and her severe facial injuries were most likely from someone deliberately stamping on her.
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Fortunately, Millie's horrendous journey came to the attention of Kasey, a guardian angel for disadvantaged dogs. After weeks of begging, fundraising, and sending email after email to the Russian animal sanctuary Vyberimenya where Millie was based.
Kasey was able to negotiate Millie's evacuation to the UK via Google translate and with the help of her employers, the Wild At Heart Foundation, an animal rescue organisation looking to tackle the world's 600 million stray dog population.
Since arriving in the UK a little over a month ago, Millie has undergone further surgeries to help her lead a normal life. Her right eye was removed – as it was underdeveloped after bullet shrapnel became embedded – and she had a new nose attached.
Kasey was delighted with the latest furry addition to her family.
"When I saw her, I just fell in love with her instantaneously," said Kasey, who was born in Scotland, lived in the US for several years, but moved to England a decade ago.
"She had no nose and a tube to help her breathe and smell but she was just so happy in her videos. My heart melted and I had to have her.
"My desire to give her a loving home only increased after I heard about her story. When she was picked up, her face was just totally shattered, a complete mess. She was trying to claw away the rotting mulch where her nose had been. I
"t's possible that she was hit by a car but it's much more likely she was stamped on as her injuries are almost all on her face. There were several bullets in her too. We're not sure if she was used as target practice before or if someone tried and failed to euthanise her – it's more likely to be the former sadly.
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"I found Millie's images on Instagram and then I posted in every one of her photos and sent multiple messages to get in contact and see if she's still available for adoption. I finally google translated my messages and Irina from the shelter Vyberimenya spoke with me."
Kasey is currently looking after four dogs, three of her own (Mishka, Maggie, and Millie) and one foster (Bella).
Millie's older sister Maggie melted the nation's heart last year when her story went viral. Five-year-old Maggie was found in horrific condition in her native Lebanon: tied to a box with her eyes shot out, her ear cut off, her jaw broken and bullet wounds all over her body.
For Kasey, caring for animals has always been in her nature.
"My dad always said that I'd bring home Bambi if I saw him at the side of the road," added the animal lover.
"I've always loved animals and always wanted to be a vet or conservationist when I got older. Now I get to work as an animal rescuer and therapist and it's just the best work. I love it.
"I love all my pets equally and they're just normal dogs, none of them suffer at all. They eat, drink, and play like any other dog. They're super happy and they make everyone they meet happy too.
"Considering everything they've been through, their spirit just constantly overwhelms me.
"They have so much love to give and they just want to be around people making them happy. They're perfect."
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