HAYWARD, California – A 9-month-old Pit bull is recovering from facial reconstructive surgery after being beaten by her owner in Hayward, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Ray Kelly said the puppy, named “Allie,” was beaten in the face and body with a wooden dowel. The incident allegedly happened in the garage of her owner’s home in Hayward on Sunday night.

The dog was able to hide and survive. She was rescued by concerned citizens on Monday morning who found her in serious condition. They took her to an emergency vet shelter where she was picked up by Alameda County Sheriff’s Animal Services.

Both sides of “Allie’s” top jaw were broken; she had a missing tooth and extensive bruising on her back and hind legs. The dog went into surgery Wednesday afternoon at SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care in Dublin with Dr. Tim Sellmeyer.

At the same time, Joshua Taddac of Hayward appeared in court where he pleaded not guilty to a felony animal cruelty charge.