“She had some arthritis and physical deformities to her legs, which make us think she was just stuffed into a crate since puppyhood,” Kardon said. “She was likely in there most of her life and used for breeding. And when breeders are done with dogs, they just dump them.”
Three-year-old Susanna had already been through so much — but it was clear she was up for the fight for her life.
“The first time I saw her, she lifted up her head and licked my face,” Kardon said. “I said, ‘There it is. This girl wants to live. We were going to do everything in our power to get her going again.’”