October 27, 2017 12:59 pm
Updated: October 27, 2017 1:01 pm

After a rough start, this quadruple amputee therapy dog simply can’t stop smiling

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Chi Chi had a rough start to life.

The three-year-old dog was born in South Korea, where she was destined for the dog meat market. But her legs had rotted due to abuse, and she was tied up and thrown in a trash can, a Facebook page dedicated to the dog explains.

Chi Chi is a therapy dog in Arizona.

Chi Chi Rescue Dog/Facebook

“Her spirit must have surely been broken, and all hope lost. Then she was saved,” it reads.

Chi Chi was rescued and treated at a veterinary clinic, where doctors had to amputate all four legs to save her.

Eventually, she was transported to the U.S. where she found a permanent home.

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Her owner, Elizabeth Howell, told the Washington Post that she saw a video of Chi Chi online and “couldn’t get her off my mind.”

“It was really her eyes that got me.”

The dog, which arrived in Los Angeles from South Korea, was driven by an animal rescue group to Arizona, where the Howell family lives, in March 2016. Just months later, they got her fitted with prosthetics.

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Howell said Chi Chi was reserved and quiet at first but lit up when she began trusting her new family.

Now, Chi Chi simply can’t stop smiling.

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She’s become a therapy dog and regularly visits hospitals, schools and senior homes.

Most recently, she’s found a new buddy in Owen Mahan, a 10-year-old boy who had both his legs amputated at a young age.

Chi Chi’s Facebook paged shared their story, explaining Owen and his mom are now travelling to Arizona to meet the dog.

The adorable canine also has a few hobbies, which include swimming, lying down on grass, and playing with squeaky toys, the family explains.

“Chi Chi is a true testament of what it means to be a survivor from the darkest of places and coming out of it into the light with strength and love for all.”

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