(NBC) - To look at Rudy, the part-Corgi, part-Jack Russell Terrier thriving at Caroline Ranoia's Wildwood, NJ home, you'd never know this little dog was once on the brink of death. Rudy was hit by a car and left lying on the side of a Atlantic County road for at least three days.
"I don't know people who could have survived that kind of trauma. He's incredible," said Caroline Ranoia who adopted Rudy.
His pelvis, some ribs and a back leg were broken. His genitals severed. He's had 10 teeth pulled. Through it all, Rudy remained happy.
"He's an inspiration for a lot of people going through really traumatic situations," said Ranoia.
Kristen Hamann and Animal Outreach of Cape May County cared for Rudy soon after the accident in August 2007. He spent time in foster homes and arrived at Caroline's in July.
"We took Rudy on just for a couple of days," Ranoia said.
But the dog, thought to now be about 4 years old, never left.
"He just kind of fell in love with everybody here," said Ranoia.
He still has a slight limp and will have a leg broken and re-set in the coming months. But after what this guy's endured, that should be a walk in the park or at least, the back yard.