A dog from South Korea that lost its legs after being thrown away in a garbage bag and tied with a rope could be crowned as the most heroic dog in the United States.
Chi Chi, a four-year golden retriever, became a quadruple amputee after she was rescued in January 2016, as veterinarians could not save the rotten flesh from her legs.
The legs of the retriever were tied with a rope when it was discovered in a dustbin, five hours from Seoul, South Korea.
She was transferred to the capital, where veterinarians had no choice but to amputate all four limbs before the charitable project Rescue and Freedom of the United States assumed responsibility for their care.
Chi Chi, a four-year golden retriever, amputated all four legs after dying in South Korea
She was discovered tied tightly in a garbage can in South Korea and was transferred to treatment in the country's capital, Seoul.
The dog was moved to Los Angeles, California, for the rescue project and was later adopted by Elizabeth Howell, 46, and her husband Richard, 46.
Chi Chi, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, is now a finalist in the annual Hero Dog Awards of the American Humane Society, where she hopes to take home the crown on September 29.
Elizabeth, a stay-at-home mother, said that Chi Chi is very deserving of the award.
"Chi Chi has her own Instagram and Facebook pages and one of her followers recommended that we nominate her for the award," he said.
"She is very inspiring and has touched many hearts.
& # 39; Chi Chi was rescued from South Korea.
"They found her in a garbage bag with her legs tied.
"It's hard to say in the video, but they are subject to some kind of rope or cable.
After a lot of complex surgery, Chi Ci finally got saved, but she had to adapt to life without her limitations.
& # 39; They found it in the country, about five hours from Seoul.
"They think she was destined for dog meat farms, but because her legs were necrotizing, it did not work for them.
– Then they just abandoned it.
"Basically they were going to sacrifice it, but they had doubts."
"Even though she was so hurt, she seemed willing to live and wagged her tail." She loved being caressed.
"So they made the decision to take her to Seoul, where the vets were forced to amputate parts of her legs.
"She stayed in Korea until mid-March recovering.
"First we saw ChiChi in a video published by Rescue and Freedom Project.
His injuries were so severe that he needed to amputate all four legs to save her.
After being saved by a US charity, she was finally relocated to the United States and now lives happily.
"He really captured my heart and I could not stop thinking about it.
"I talked to my husband about her and we decided to approach the rescue and find out a little more about her.
"It's been 18 months since the Howells adopted Chi Chi, who now wears prosthetic legs, but said the joy she has brought to her family has been overwhelming.
The couple, who are the parents of Megan, 14, has three other rescue dogs, Beagles Maggie, 12, Harry, 13 and Kipper, 11.
Elizabeth said: We quickly fell in love with Chi Chi. We love her spirit and she radiated love.
"It was surprising to me that, despite being treated so horribly, I still had that fighting spirit."
"The attitude of never quitting Chi Chi has had a great impact on all our lives.
"We are going to a special gala at the end of the month in Los Angeles and we think it deserves so much the Hero Dog prize."
The dog was flown to Los Angeles, California, for the rescue project and then adopted by Elizabeth Howell, 46, and her husband, Richard, 46.
Chi Ci now uses prosthesis to help her move, but it does not seem to have affected her quality of life