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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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6:50PM PST on Jan 23, 2015

Yes please let us know how Sadie is going now, it would be appreciated dearly.

6:46PM PST on Jan 23, 2015

What a cruel mongeral to do that to a nursing dog, so glad she was saved and now living a happy life, how can people be so cruel to innocent animals?

12:05PM PST on Dec 13, 2014

It is EXTREMELY ANNOYING that no one has bothered to give us an update on Sadie.




AND very soon!!!

9:55AM PST on Dec 13, 2014

We all know who should have been shot tin the head!

6:58AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

I have written to Laura Simpson via customer support, asking her for an update!!!

5:46AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

I hope everything has worked out for this poor dog, her will to survive is inspiring, but can we have an update please?

10:30AM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

Shame on these people and our lawmakers for not having stricter laws.

7:22AM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

I'd like an update...

3:30AM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

We need to keep working, on the long term, to achieve legal rights for animals. We need to keep pushing that the law investigate and punish cruelty with sentences that hyrt and we need to educate children in the schools about humans obligations and responsibilities to all animals.

9:56AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

This story is over two years old.... it should have been possible to give an update, too.

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