Limbs twisted, bones bent - someone saw her as little more than the sum of her parts.
But when Sarah was pried from that prison - after 12 hours in the driveway of the Almost Home No-Kill Shelter in Southfield, Michigan - she offered nothing but kisses to the people who saved her.
"She was in horrible pain," Gail Montgomery, who founded Almost Home Animal Rescue League with her daughter Lauren Anchil, tells The Dodo. "She never once tried to bite us or growl at us. She was pure angel all the way."
Despite her injuries - which included a herniated disc that left her back legs paralyzed - Sarah was bursting with affection.
"She has so much charm and so much personality," Montgomery says. "It's hard to even imagine it if you haven't seen it."
Sarah received the medical care and love she urgently needed.
And then she took the next step. A foster family welcomed her into their home.
Shortly after that came another step: Sarah began to stand on her own feet.
The last step? A forever home for Sarah.
It will be at least a month before she's cleared for adoption. The herniated disc is causing inflammation in her spine. Her caretakers don't yet know the extent of the swelling, or whether it will affect her for the rest of the life.
In the meantime, Sarah is inching along the road to a new life, even if she still needs a little help from her friends.