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CHOCTAW COUNTY -- Tossed over a bridge and left to die. Now, a dog facing an almost certain death is at home with her new family.

Workers at the clinic where the dog had been recovering named her Miracle because they couldn't believe she survived such a steep fall.

She was tossed over a bridge in February.

The Choctaw County Sheriff says two teens admitted they did it because the dog wouldn't hunt hogs.

It's where she'll spend her new leash on life, pink collar and chew-toys included.

You can still see the scars and a slightly swollen wrist from when Miracle, this Pitbull-mix, was tossed over a bridge near Boswell.

Two teens were charged with animal cruelty.

A good samaritan saw the video of the crime which was uploaded online, returned to the creek bed then brought Miracle to an animal hospital in Atoka where she's been recovering ever since.

When we first brought you Miracle's story in February, she was too weak to even stand up.

"I just can't imagine what she went through. She was alone, hurt, she didn't know if she was going to live," Shelley Russell of Durant said.

As she regained strength and her story spread, dozens of people nationwide came forward to adopt Miracle, including Shelley and Mike Russell in Durant.

"I really didn't think I would get her and then when they told me I got her, I was just ecstatic and just overwhelmed," Shelley said.

The Russells brought Miracle home Saturday.

They're spending this week at home from work while she gets acclimated to her new surroundings.

"On day one she became part of the family," Mike said.

While it may seem like life in the lap of luxury, Miracle will still need a shot every month for inflammation for the rest of her life.

"They need someone to look after then just as much as a child does," Mike said.

While her wrist is on the mend and cuts continues to heal, her personality has never needed repair.

Miracle is also now enrolled in obedience school and there are plans for her to become a certified therapy dog to help others, like her, who need a second chance.

Shelley has also created a Facebook page titled Miracle's Journey so people can track her progress.