Mailwoman Who Saved Street Dog While Working Shares Her Epic Transformation

Images of a dog believed to have been abused at its previous home but now adored after being rescued have gone viral on Facebook.

In a post on the Dogspotting Society—the Facebook page where the images received 10,000 likes at the time of writing—that has since been deleted, Sabrina Bryant shared pictures of her dog's transformation following the rescue with the words: "The marks she received before I got her VS the marks she receives now [teary eyed face and red heart emojis]. "

The photographs show the dog called Chevelle with markings on her face allegedly from the time before she was taken in by Bryant. Other images show the dog's face covered in pink-hued kiss marks, with the wounds appearing to have healed.

Chevelle, a one-year-old rescue dog.
Images of Chevelle, a one-year-old dog believed to have been abused before being rescued by a FedEx worker. Sabrina Bryant

Speaking to Newsweek, Bryant said Chevelle has just turned one but was only five months old when the 26-year-old FedEx worker from Burlington, North Carolina rescued her while delivering packages.

"I found her on the street," Bryant said, and "every house I stopped at told me to take her home. She said they explained "that around there was no good as there is a 'ring' around the area I found her."

The dog owner said: "I am assuming someone kept hitting her with something as she has a chipped tooth [in addition to] her marks." Chevelle is also still missing a patch of fur on her neck. Bryant said: "I've had her for eight months and the hair won't grow back."

Chevelle "loves" dogs and cats but is "still afraid of most humans," according to Bryant. "It's sad because I can't even pet her while holding my keys or phone without her getting scared, thinking I'll hit her with the objects but with a hand she isn't afraid at all.

"A little puppy should [not] be traumatized like that unless something bad happened," the FedEx worker said.

A dog with kiss marks on face.
Chevelle seen covered in kisses following her rescue. Sabrina Bryant

According to the Human Society of the United States, the "shocking" number of animal cruelty cases reported daily is "just the tip of the iceberg," as most go unreported.

"Unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal abuse are not compiled by state or federal agencies, making it difficult to calculate just how common they are," the society explains.

Abuse against dogs are among the cases most often reported.

The society says intentional animal cruelty is "strongly correlated with other crimes, including violence against people," while dogfighting and other forms of "organized animal cruelty" continues in many parts of the country.

According to data on domestic violence and child abuse cases, the society says a "staggering" number of animals are targeted by those who abuse their spouses and kids.

The society says: "There are approximately 70 million pet dogs and 74.1 million pet cats in the U.S. where 20 men and women are assaulted per minute (an average of around 10 million a year)," based on data from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.