No one really knew why Lucy's owner refused to give her up.
Almost every day, he beat the pit bull mercilessly.
Maybe it was because in Egypt, purebred dogs are a status symbol, almost a species apart from the countless street dogs who scavenge for their curbside meals.
But one day, her owner got so frustrated over some perceived annoyance, he beat Lucy within an inch of her life.
The dog, who was hardly a year old, was kicked repeatedly and possibly pummeled with a brick. Both sides of her jaw were broken.