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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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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.

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.

Tennessee neighbor

There will be extra stars in your crown. All creatures belong to God those who abuse will answer someday. You however will have a star for each rescue. Keep up the good work and hug the baby for me!

Anonymous

God bless Dale, Daisy, and all the dogs he has rescued. And all that still need loving homes. <3

V Orner

What a wonderful story. God bless this wonderful dog and all who worked to save her. As to whomever beat and left her to die, one can only hope they will never have another opportunity to harm an innocent animal. He or she must be a beast.

Kim

God blessed you with Daisy May and she was blessed by having you. A dog is truly peoples best friend it takes evil sick people that need to disappear to do stuff like they did to her in the end I know they will pay but; as a human being and not a perfect one at that I want them to pay now. People like this will treat kids the same way. They need a special place for people like them and they will get to go there in the end!!!!

Trisha

We have 2 Shepard Mix rescues. Both were very abused as puppies. When we first adopted the younger female, she was afraid of everybody, and still is. She did bite us a couple of times, at first. The older female was very hesitant to let anyone get close to her. That was 5 years ago. Now, they are the most loving, sweet, and protective girls I have ever had the privilege of sharing my life with. They play, get silly, give lots of kisses, and even hugs! We love them both so very much. Both of them have just been a blessing to our family! Those who abuse will answer to a much higher power one day. It is at that point that MAYBE I will feel some compassion for them. Hard to say at this point. God Bless Dale, Daisy May, and the rest of his "children"!

NanaMay

Thank God for people like Dale.

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