'Miracle' Dog Survives Toss from Third Floor Balcony
updated 04/04/2012 AT 05:45 PM EDT
•originally published 04/03/2012 AT 09:00 AM EDT
Tossed approximately 45 feet from a third floor balcony at the Barrington Park Apartments by her owner, the 9-week-old Dachshund couldn't stand up, had trouble breathing and was in "a coma-type state," according to veterinarian Jeni Knizley.
Now, almost a week after the horrific incident, Lola is a different dog. Dubbed a "miracle baby" by Knizley, the resilient little puppy is alert, eating and responding to those caring for her at the clinic – especially ones doling out kisses.
"She has had the most wonderful attitude," Knizley told Alabama's Press-Register." "Even when we were trying to hook up a catheter, she would look up at us and wag her tail. That kind of love and devotion, [it] is heartbreaking when you see it. She had a strong will to be here and is a really sweet, sweet precious baby."
The pup, whose owner has since been arrested for animal cruelty, did not suffer any broken bones in the fall, most likely because she is so young and healthy, and was lucky enough to land on a patch of grass.
"She has done remarkably well," Knizley said. "We are very happy that she had made it through the initial injury."
To read more about Lola's recovery, or inquire about adoption, visit the clinic's Facebook page.