In Spanish, the words “no va” translate to “doesn’t go,” and Nova the dog faced that same challenge.

In Spanish, the words “no va” translate to “doesn’t go,” and Nova the dog faced that same challenge.

On Sept. 24, the brown-and-white rat terrier mix was found abandoned and badly injured near the intersection of Routes 92 and 78 in rural Henry County.

She was paralyzed, malnourished and covered in cuts, said veterinarian Dr. Dana Miller of Miller Veterinary Service & Geneseo Animal Hospital.

“She was in really, really bad shape,” said Tracy Diehl, shelter manager for the Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo. “The situation didn’t look good for a long time.”

Miller said it’s possible the dog was hit by a car, but the injuries didn’t seem recent.

Despite her paralysis, “She knew how to maneuver way too well —like she’d had time to figure it out,” said Miller. “She’d been through bad trauma, and I wonder if she wasn’t dumped because of that.”

A microchip under the dog’s skin gave an Indianapolis phone number, but the number is no longer in service. It also gave the canine’s name as Nova.

“Microchips are suppose to help trace a dog back to where they belong, but they’re not GPS. If an animal’s lost, you can call the number associated with the chip.,” said Diehl. But if a phone number is disconnected or changed, returning the animal to its owner can be impossible.”

“She’s probably had multiple owners,” said Miller. “I’d say she hasn’t been treated well. She was literally a skeleton when she came to us.”

Slowly, her walking skills have improved. “She’s really got to think about it to get her hind end up and moving, but she continues to improve,” said Diehl. “Nobody wanted to give up on her, but things did look pretty rough.”

“At first we thought she’d always need a cart, but she’s actually getting up and doing everything on her own. She may never be 100 percent right, but I’d say she has a pretty good prognosis,” said Miller.

The humane society is paying for Nova’s care out of their “Dutch Fund.” A special fund established to help pay medical costs for seriously injured animals.

The fund was named in memory of Dutch, a cat who, in 2010, was tortured and nailed to a utility pole in rural Geneseo before succumbing to his injuries.

In the seven years since its establishment, the Dutch Fund has helped 46 cats, nine dogs and one bird.

Humane society volunteers have shared Nova’s information with Henry County Sheriff’s Department officials in hopes that her original owner could be traced.

With no owner in sight, Nova has been placed up for adoption by the Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo.

“We’ve waived the adoption fee for her, but we’re asking anyone who might adopt her to consider making a donation to the Dutch Fund,” said Diehl. “That fund is slowly becoming depleted, and we’d love to add to it so we can continue to help other animals.”

Anyone interested in adopting Nova is asked to complete an application form for approval.

Miller said the dog had been “a little nippy” with vet clinic staff, but that could be a result of her pain.

“I wouldn’t recommend her for a household with little kids, but a single person or a couple who had a lot of time might be best. She does like attention and likes to be petted,” said Miller.

While “no va” might mean “doesn’t go,” a “nova” is a star that suddenly increases in brightness, and humane society volunteers hope Nova’s own star will soon be on the rise.

“She’s continuing to improve,” said Diehl.

For more information about Nova, contact the Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo at 944-4868.