Graphic: Possible bait dog saved by midstate animal rescue

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Despite everything she’s been through, her tail is still wagging.

“Pretty much her nose was bitten off and then the right side of her face back to her hind teeth, all that skin is missing,” said Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue. “We think she was a bait dog for other dogs who were trained to fight on her.”

The 6-year-old pit bull-mix was found on as a stray on the streets of Philadelphia, but the shelter there didn’t have room.

“I knew she was going to be put down last night if no rescue had stepped up,” Guido said.

Guido drove to Philadelphia and picked up the dog, which she named Mona Lisa. The dog is now receiving free care at Dillsburg Veterinary Center.

“The most important step right now is taking care of the wounds as far as treating the infection and letting what exists right now heal, and then we will have a better idea of what we have,” said Dr. Ivan Pryor of Dillsburg Veterinary Center. “She has a great attitude for everything she has been through.”

Pryor says it will take at least 4-6 weeks for Mona’s wounds to heal and then they may consider reconstructive surgery.

“We want to make sure she can breath out of both sides of her nostrils, what’s left of her nostrils,” Pryor said.

“I knew she deserved a second chance. Any animal that can go through this and has come out loving people is a winner in my book,” Guido said.

Speranza Animal Rescue is located in Mechanicsburg. To learn more, visit

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