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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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12:51PM PDT on Sep 18, 2014

You did so very well! God bless you both! I have been through that myself with a dog with problem in the discs. He was paralyzed but he walked again. I need to imagine beloved will walk again because she was not sick and because she walked after being shot. What if she is traumatized? Afraid? Would not be the first time I see that! Medical procedures could spark fear in a dog, more on if it is in the area where she "knows" she was hurt! - Bring an update, please, let us know how she is doing. With an update would be easier to "refresh" case and catch attention through shares!

5:55AM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

Some people in this world scare the hell out of me. If they thought they could malishously kill Sadie- what else are they doing? God Bless Sadie I will certainly keep her in my prayers.

2:34PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

Does anyone know how Sadie is doing now ? I hope she is ok & they do have diapers & mobile carts to help dogs walk.

1:51PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Thanks to all for helping this poor animal. Karma will get the savage that did this

8:19AM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Bless her. Sending positive thoughts for a full recovery x

7:08AM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

the person that did this should be shot too!!

6:54AM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

How horrible for her after going through giving birth to her babies, what a heartbreaking story of mans inhumanity to fellow creatures. I hope the bastard who did this fell off a cliff and laid in agony for hours before dying a painful death

7:14AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

May 1000 pound Karma wearing sharply spiked jackboots land on the creep guilty of heartlessly injuring this dog and causing the possible torture/death of her pups and jump up and down on him/her until only a blood stain remains to show the creep ever existed on this little planet.

6:48AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

I meant to say "say" and not see.

5:16AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

Less and less people tell me I'm wrong when I saw that animals are much better than people. No wonder with so many stories like these. Poor Sadie, being so injured and losing her pups all at once. Bless her little heart and I hope she makes it through all this ok.

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