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Rescuers: Once beaten, burned and thrown down stairs, puppy finds new, loving home

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Posted at 11:07 PM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-14 23:23:12-04

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A puppy who spent her first months of life with an owner who beat her and burned her with cigarettes finally has a loving forever home, according to Joseph's Legacy Rescue.

The rescue removed Valhalla -- so named for the place brave Norse heroes were supposed to go after their deaths -- from the home of 19-year-old Stephen Adam Collins in early February. 

According to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, Collins faces felony animal cruelty charges for throwing the flop-eared pup down a flight of stairs, breaking her right hind leg and pelvis so severely rescuers worried she might need an amputation.

She didn't. After surgery and a month of crate rest, Joseph's Legacy wrote on Facebook Valhalla was ready to start over in a better home.

"She has so much personality and spunk and certainly never held a grudge against humans for all the pain she endured," the post reads.

According to the post, "our princess" will spend the rest of her life with a couple and at least one other furry sibling.

"This little pistol will be keeping them very busy," the post reads. "Thank you all for supporting our little girl financially and prayerfully. It has taken a village for sure. She has been so worth it."

Collins will be back in court next week.