Carrie Underwood:
Dog Rescuer

Carrie Underwood is a hero to one dog today after saving the poor pooch's life. Read on for the whole touching tale.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood is being hailed as a hero by animal lovers today after revealing a harrowing tale of how she rescued a severely injured dog from certain death on a highway.

The country star -- married to hockey player Mike Fisher -- explained on a members-only fan website that she found the dog on the median of an interstate while driving between Oklahoma and Tennessee over the holidays with her hubby and two of her own dogs.

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"I had Ace and Penny and a trunk full of luggage and presents in the SUV," the star explained.

When she spotted two injured pooches, she knew she had to stop and help. She moved one dog's "bloody" and "limping" body to her car. Sadly, the other had already died.

"My guess is that the dogs were thrown out of their car by their owners on the highway," she said.

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Underwood took the injured dog to the emergency vet to get fixed up, then to her home to recover before seeking a forever family for the deserving pup. On New year's Day, Underwood said, "Stella" as she was renamed was successfully being house trained, had her teeth cleaned and was well on the road to recovery from her road rash.

"She follows me around from room to room," Underwood wrote. "She's the best Lab I've ever been around!"

While Underwood was unable to keep Stella all to herself, she made sure to find the lucky dog a great home. The pooch is now living with neighbors right down the road, and the singer plans to keep a close eye on her.

"I cried when she walked out the door," Underwood wrote. "[Mike] told me not to be a crazy ex-girlfriend about it and stalk them… I can't help it! She deserves the best life ever!"

Kudos to Underwood for her big heart -- and here's to a long, happy life for Stella the dog.

Image courtesy DJDM / WENN.com

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