Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:29:14 PM ESTUpdated On: Jan 21 2013 09:38:55 PM EST
Amber spent several days at Atlantic Veterinary Hospital recovering from surgery being stabbed in the side and cut across the throat.
"Her wounds were rather horrific," St. Johns County Deputy Dan Sorrells said. "As you can see by the suturing, she was completely cut open from just above her left ear, all the way down across her chest. About 12 to 18 inches sliced open."
Sorrells and another deputy found the dog after two people called to report their roommate at a mobile home in a rural part of St. Johns County attacked his dog, dragged her into the woods and left her for dead.
Sixteen hours after being attacked with a knife, Amber came walking out of tall grass and approached the deputies like she knew they were there to help.
On Monday, Amber was released to her new home... with Deputy Dan Sorrells, the officer who responded to the animal cruelty charge and saved the dog's life.
Amber is welcomed into the Sorrells family as Veterinarian Herb Loeman looks on.
"She made the decision, actually, when she walked up to me and allowed me to pet her, and it was at that point that I realized this is a special dog and I want her," Sorrells said.
The vet bills were covered thanks to $2,000 in donations from people who heard Amber's story.
"Whether you're religious or not, I think animals are put on this Earth to make humans happy," veterinarian Loeman said. "It's the only reason they have to be put here because it's unconditional love."