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Jul 12, 2012 2:28 PM by NBC News

Hope for Hope, an abused dog in Texas

Things are looking up for a dog that was tortured and abandoned in North Texas.

The four-year-old pug mix was found earlier this week and has since been named Hope.

Hope is part pug-mix, part example of just how cruel people can be.

"I've been here almost 11 years and I can say I think that I've seen the worst, but I will say this the worst that i have ever seen," says Karen Kessler from animal control.

Kessler helped find Hope.

Someone stretched out her tongue, taped her mouth shut with electrical tape and cut her a number of times.

Deep enough to puncture muscle.

Melanie Labrake who initially discovered Hope, didn't realize just how bad of shape she was in.

"She walked by me and she just looked up at me like help me. And I thought I don't even know what's wrong with you, but that's her tongue," says Labrake.

After 100 stitches and constant care vets say Hope will survive.

She's eating now but it's too soon to tell if Hope will be able to keep her whole tongue.

She's slowly being reunited with some of the 10 concerned citizens who sacrificed their day to save her.

Word is spreading, strangers have donated hundreds to help pay for vet bills.

And one woman in Louisiana is already asking to adopt her.

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