A dog in America that was run over, shot in the head and then placed in a freezer is recovering at a veterinary centre in California.

Dosha, a 10-month-old of mixed breeding, escaped from her owner’s garden in Clearlake, California. As she made her way along a busy freeway, she was hit by a car and left for dead by the side of the road.

The police were called but they were unable to identify her as she wasn’t wearing a collar.

Officer Bob MacDonald, who attended the scene, believed the dog was fatally wounded and in an effort to save her suffering took the decision to shoot her.

Believing Dosha to be dead, the dog’s body was removed by animal control staff who placed it in a freezer in the local dog pound.

A couple of hours later the “body” was checked by the pound’s director.

She told BBC Online: “I went to the freezer and found that the dog was alive and cold.”

Dosha was immediately taken to the vets where she was treated for hypothermia and gunshot wounds.

After undergoing surgery to remove bullet fragments from her head, Dosha has started eating on her own and is said to be recovering well.

After hearing about Dosha’s plight local animal groups and the Humane Society of the United States have begun fundraising to pay for the cost and care of her treatment.

To find out more about the Humane Society of the United States visit: www.hsus.org