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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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11:14PM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

One final thing, in the article, it's mentioned she will be boarded at the rehabilitation center.....I'm hoping Joal will be there everyday, or as much as possible, IF it's not near her. I can't help but feel Sadie will progress faster, if the human who loves and saved her, is near by. I'm thinking she's already doing that!

10:57PM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

You are a very dedicated woman, Joal, and need to be commended on all that you've done. Sadie began to come back with a lot of collective prayers behind her, and everyone should please say a prayer for her now. She's lost her puppies and her mobility, she needs our prayers and donations if possible. If she survived a bullet in her head, this sweet dog, wants to live. The cost of all of this care, as was mentioned, is staggering, yet this woman has been trying to do it on her own. What I am wondering is if the bullet actually needed to be removed?...sometimes, bullets get lodged in areas that make them to dangerous to remove. The brain, being in charge of the bodies motor skills, may have to regenerate/reorient its self toward sending electrical impulses to Sadie's limbs again. I'm praying, in time, that will happen. I often think of things like this, the juxtaposition of these two people: the man who gave Sadie nothing, and felt nothing when he shot her, and the woman, (Joal), who felt such strong love for Sadie, and is giving her all she has. Good, fighting against evil, once again.

2:07PM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

people are cruel

5:06AM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

Respect every life

3:24PM PDT on Aug 20, 2014


2:37PM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

What kind of a monster would commit this heinous crime.
Thank goodness she was found by this caring person and i pray and hope you have many happy years together.
As for that monster who did the crime I can only hope Karma catches up with him

6:21AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

There are just people who are not fit to be NEAR dogs.

6:05AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

How is Sadie now, has she's so frustrating not getting any follow-ups.

8:33PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Sadie you will be fine! I pray for you

4:38PM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

After reading so many terrible stories of the cruelty than humans inflict on helpless creatures, I always feel that I have my emotions under control. But just looking at the photo and looking into Sadie's sweet, trusting eyes brings me to tears. How the he!! mankind ever came to be the "dominant" species is just beyond me. I am so thankful for those dedicated people who open their hearts and their homes for animals such as Sadie. Maybe there is still hope for mankind!

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