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Unthinkable Cruelty Doesn’t Break Tennessee Dog’s Spirit

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 11:15am
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To say Dale H. has a soft spot for dogs would be an understatement. In his life, he has rescued and found homes for more than 100 dogs in need. One such pup, a five-year-old special needs dog named Daisy May, is one of Dale’s three resident dogs.

As a puppy, Daisy was a victim of unthinkable cruelty. She was kicked, beaten and left for dead. Knox County Animal Control stepped in, and Daisy was transported to the Young-Williams Animal Center, a 2012 $100K Challenge participant, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“The veterinarians and staff fell in love with her, as they cared for her during her recuperation,” Dale says.  “They loved her so much, and they kept her until she found a home. Daisy May would not have had a chance without their compassion.”

Today, Daisy still lives with the lasting effects of animal cruelty. Due to extensive shoulder injuries, Daisy can only hop on her front legs. Because of the head trauma she suffered, her eyes "flicker" and cannot focus.

“Although she has suffered a great deal in her life, Daisy May is the happiest, most sociable and friendly dog I have seen in some time,” Dale says. “For her treats, she spins and spins, then hops in front of me. I have had Daisy for a year and a half now, and she is my closest friend.” 

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stephanie

there are angels among us, and dale is one of them. thank you! thank you! thank you! for providing such a beautiful home for daisy may. you have found a soul mate. it brings tears to my eyes. sending so much love and blessings to you both!

justine

People are just so cruel and it makes me sad. I have 2 german shepards and last yr adopted a pit bull terrier mix from a dog rescue he was used in a fighting ring! He is the sweetest thing and an awesome match to this family and I tell him that everyday

Helen

Thank god for people like Dale and the veterinarians and staff that cared for Daisy. I rarely wish bad things on people but the person that hurt Daisy deserves something very bad to happen to him. Thank you Dale and keep doing a wonderful job helping animals. We adopted two dogs from the shelter.

Megahn

IF U DO NOT WANT AN ANIMAL, DO NOT HAVE ONE. I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW SOMEONE WOULD GO AND BUY OR RESCUE AN ANIMAL ONLY TO ABUSE IT. IF U CANT HANDLE A DOG OR CAT OR ANY LIVING THING FOR THAT MATTER. DO NOT HAVE ONE. LET THE POOR CREATURE GO AND BE FREE TO SOMEONE WHO WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF IT. PEOPLE ARE SO SICK. I WILL JUST NEVER UNDERSTAND.

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Debra McDaniel

If a person abuses an animal they should go to jail and never be allowed to have or be around animals ever again. Abusers will always be abusers and no animal would ever be totally safe under their care. In jail, maybe, hopefully they will in turn suffer abuse for doing nothing to provoke it and every night they will wonder how this could happen to them. But in their heart they'll know finally that payback is a bitch.

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