Dog Who Chewed Off Her Own Foot To Be Free Has A New Beginning

It’s a new beginning for a dog named “Treya” who suffered greatly in her past. After her owner was murdered, she lived at the end of a chain, beneath the deck of a vacant house in St. Louis, for five agonizing years. Neighbors brought Treya enough food to stay alive, and hay to keep her from freezing in the winter, but her days were otherwise spent in solitude – no love, no companionship, and no freedom.

Treya’s miserable existence became intolerable when the chain that bound her became wrapped around her foot – in desperation, she eventually chewed off her own paw in order to be free.

Fortunately, there is light in Treya’s otherwise dark and dismal tale. Stray Rescue of Saint Louis learned of the injured and homeless dog’s plight and a patient volunteer was eventually able to capture and bring her to safety. The rescue group recounted Treya’s condition after she was captured,  “Once back at our trauma center, besides the obvious missing foot, we discovered she also has heartworm and a wicked case of a flea infestation. Her emotional wounds matched in intensity of her physical ones.”

Treya was physically injured, but it was her heart which bore the most painful wounds – being abandoned and left to suffer in solitude took a devastating toll on her emotional well-being. Thankfully, the rescue group found a friend for Treya who was able to bring light to her sad world.

Stray Rescue wrote about the little dog who made a world of difference to the heartbroken dog:

Sometimes healing the heart requires a friend, and friends can come in small packages. Little Pinky – another stray and all of 15 pounds – took Treya under his wing. The joy and tail wags of their friendship jumpstarted her broken heart.

Treya continues her recovery in a medical foster home where she is enjoying all of the “creature comforts” which she has been deprived of for far too long. Eventually, Treya may be fitted with a prosthetic for her leg; in the meantime, she will be treated for heartworms while soaking in all of the goodness that comes with a loving home.

Donations to help support Treya can be made at this link.

(Images Stray Rescue of Saint Louis)

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.