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Mother Dog Shot After Giving Birth Helped by Hero’s Hands

Mother Dog Shot After Giving Birth Helped by Hero’s Hands


Written by Joal Derse-Dauer of Wisconsin (and her sister Marnette Bowen)

In a moment that embodies the very worst that man can do, a nursing mother dog was shot once in the head and again in a hind leg shortly after giving birth to puppies. The full story is not clear, but what we do know is that she went through horrifying acts of cruelty in rural Kentucky before being found in a mountainous region by animal control personnel.  It is presumed that she was taken out to the mountains, shot and then left for dead.  We will never know what became of her puppies.

This pathetic dog, now named Sadie, somehow made her way to a no-kill shelter in Wisconsin as part of a rescue program.  I had gone over to the shelter to drop off some blankets when I came upon Sadie lying there unable to get up. Sadie tried desperately to get up but her hind quarters could not move. She would not take her eyes off of me, knowing this could be her last chance to be saved.

I Would Take Her Home With Me

I lost my heart to that poor little girl. I adopted her immediately, carried her home and quickly got her to a clinic. The veterinarians found a bullet still in her forehead and shrapnel in the muscles of her back . She could not get up and was incontinent, malnourished and underweight.

Immediately Sadie went on a program to nourish her and build her up. She got supplements, special nourishing food and 3-5 hours of various therapies each day. At the end of only one week, Sadie was standing on her three good legs. One rear leg hung loose and dangled beside the good one.  At the end of May, after one month of intensive therapies, Sadie was standing and urinating on her own! Sadie was responding to all the love and prayers everyone was sending her. Sadie is such a joy. I love her.

A Long Road to Physical Recovery

Earlier this month Sadie had surgery to remove the bullet in her forehead and a very large cyst was removed from her tail. Two weeks after the surgery, Sadie still cannot stand. She goes to the bathroom where she lies, and must be cleaned up multiple times a day.

She has now been taken to TOPS Animal Rehabilitation for evaluation and thankfully, they have agreed to work with Sadie and see if we can get her mobile again. This means Sadie still has a chance at life.

Sadie will be starting rehabilitation with boarding in July. This is the best care she can get. I am totally committed to her and working double shifts to pay for the thousands of dollars her recovery is costing and inviting anyone who is touched by her story to make a donation for her care.

For all of you who are inclined to do so, please pray for Sadie. Let’s hope that our collective support will restore the health of this sweet creature. Her body was nearly destroyed by darkness and now she will be rebuilt with love. See Heartwarming Photos of Sadie’s therapy here.


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4:01AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Its heart-breaking that dogs like Sadie have to suffer like that. How wonderful of you to give her the opportunity to know that angels like yourself do care and will not let her down. You are a wonderful human being.

11:44AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

Good luck to Sadie...bless her!

4:35AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Awesome rescue'er!!

10:25AM PST on Feb 27, 2014

so sad, happy ending for the poor mother, thanks for doing good, thank you

8:05AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

It is ALWAYS the problem with the guns and the control of it! As long as gun control is not tighten, there will always be innocent human lives and helpless animals losing their lives under the bullet!

12:07AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Sadie had an angel find her. I hope she's doing better.

5:54AM PST on Feb 11, 2014

You are Sadie's guardian angel! This is a sad story with a very happy ending.

11:27AM PST on Jan 15, 2014

GOD bless Sadie and her owner! GOD will bring justice for you Sadie. We love you we hope you are doing a lot better.

5:16PM PST on Jan 14, 2014

I give my prayers. We ask God to provide more than enough, money, funds, cash support to these rescuers and all that take on such holy tasks to save,make a differnts in your chlidrens lives. We also ask u God to heal Sadie, make her new all over, and we ask u to heal all others like her. Most of all God destroy all animal abusers,wipe them off the face of the earth now!

I donate if I could. I have 7cats n a dog. They all need veterinary care ,money I currently do not have. BTW, I am not a hoarder theses kids were throw aways.

Blessings to u and Sadie

10:16AM PST on Jan 14, 2014

It is this ridiculous inhumanity to other beings that is making my husband and I start our own charitable service to the dogs on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Our goal is to work with numerous other rescue organizations here, to help the dogs people 'love', or at least claim as their own, to have a better, fuller life.

Why backwoods idiots choose to shoot, kill, maim, or abandon the animals they by their negligence or stupidity, instead of taking them to spay/neuter clinics, or applying for help to get the cheap spay neuter programs from SPCA or PETA, is beyond me. They show to the nth degree their absolute ignorance, and disregard for life. If you cannot take care of the life you invite into your home, then take it to a place that will. This was horrific, and the person who committed this crime will be punished; karma is a dedicated concept. You will get the rewards of what you sow, be it joy, or sorrow. Animals or people, it works for all.

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