Published: Sep 17, 2010 11:14 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 17, 2010 8:11 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - You may remember the story of a North Fort Myers dog stabbed by it's owner back in May. The owner was charged with animal cruelty, but now a happy ending for the dog.

"I couldn't believe that someone could be so cruel to an animal," Kristi Mershon said.

She was shocked by the story making headlines four months ago, after the owner of a young dog kicked and stabbed it with a knife.

"You would expect this dog to really not like people, or at the very least be very afraid of them. She has had the best personality from day one," Ria Brown of Lee County Animal Services said Friday.

The shelter helped nurse the dog back to health. Now, Brown's pleased to announce the dog, who's been re-named "Grace" in honor of her amazing recovery, is in a new, happy home with Mershon.

"I wanted to help her. I wanted to help her have a good life," Mershon said.

She called up Animal Services after hearing Grace's story. Grace was first put through the Cell Dogs program, a partnership using Lee County inmates to help get shelter dogs ready for adoption.

"They teach them basic commands, the animal stays with them 24/7. They're even put in a crate where they sleep by their cot," Brown said.

But tonight, Grace will be sleeping by her new owner...a full-circle story for a dog that didn't have much of a chance.

"There's nothing more gratifying than seeing an happy ending for any animal that comes in here, but when it's one that may not have made it because the injuries were so severe, it just means that much more to us," Brown said Friday.

Grace's former owner, Michael Beckman, was found guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty in connection with the crime.