An international effort has brought a mistreated dog from Iraq to Burnaby, B.C., where the animal is thriving.

Canadian oil workers found Lucy, a six-month-old Anatolian Shepherd, scrounging for scraps of food.

Oil rig worker Simon says it was obvious the dog was suffering.

"A team of us had befriended her," he said. "Her ears had been cut off by the locals, and she was just basically starving and really thirsty."

Now, thanks to Facebook, Lucy calls North Burnaby home.

Owner Heather Kaisler said the dog was initially timid, and unfamiliar with everything from grass to staircases, but is slowly adjusting.

"She's an amazing dog. She's so relaxed for a six-month-old puppy who's been through what she has. She's amazing."