The heart-wrenching story of a pregnant pit bull discovered abused and with burns covering 25 percent of her body in Chicago's south suburbs has come to a sad end.
Found wandering the streets two weeks ago in suburban Park Forest, a 3-year-old pit bull named Petunia died Sunday night, according to Jamie Skraban, a volunteer with the "It's a Pittie" pit bull rescue group.
Petunia's story had struck a chord with area animal lovers and those simply shocked by the animal's amazing story. The Sun-Times reports the animal was found walking down the street with fractured teeth and burns on her body.
According to WGN, veterinarians determined Petunia had been hit by a car, and also believe she had been lit on fire; she sustained internal damage from her injuries, and delivered five of the 10 pups from her litter stillborn.
The Facebook page created to track Petunia's recovery shows some of the more graphic photos of her injuries. "I am the face of animal cruelty" read the info line of the "Mama Petunia" Facebook page.
Skraban, who had been providing updates to Mama Petunia written from the animal's perspective, shared the news with the more than 11,000 followers Sunday.
"At 5:15 am I crossed Rainbow Bridge (went home to be with the Lord). My heart stopped beating. ... I felt the love that surrounded me and I got my babies to a safe place, I knew it was ok to let go. I am now free of pain and suffering and will be re-united wth my 5 little ones that didn't make [it]."
The surviving puppies are in foster care and will be put up for adoption in the coming weeks through It's A Pittie Rescue.