Wounded Shepherd Mix Gets Second Chance

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 2:00pm
Scared shepherd

On February 1 on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota, as the temperature plummeted to -29 degrees, Tribal Police Chief Kenneth Washington responded to a call about a dog in trouble. A Leech Laker known for her love of animals, Teresa Gunter, had reported a wounded dog, reeling in pain outside in the cold.

When Gunter showed Washington the weak, bloody shepherd mix, he was alarmed: The dog couldn’t even lift his head off his paw. “His eyes were sunken in,” Washington recalls. “I thought he might die.” He knew he had to help.

Two years ago, this story wouldn’t have had a happy ending. But because the Tribal Police go the extra mile for animals and work with a project called Leech Lake Legacy, there was hope. The project transports animals in need from the reservation to shelters and rescues around Minnesota that can provide life-saving veterinary care, rehabilitation and adoption.

This transport project is supported in part through a special ASPCA program that helps cash-strapped municipal animal care agencies move more dogs to safety. In the last six months alone, we’ve helped the Tribal Police get hundreds more dogs to safety.

The night he found the dog—named Nibi—Washington called Leech Lake Legacy right away. The next day he was on a transport to safety.

Today, just over a month after Washington rescued him, Nibi is thriving, getting healthier each day. He greets people enthusiastically and likes to put their fingers in his mouth as his special way of “holding hands.”

Nibi’s story doesn’t make headlines, but it’s one of millions in which the ASPCA is honored to play a role.

You can help us reach more animals like Nibi by making a gift today. You’ll help us be prepared to go wherever animals need us, whenever they need us. We can’t do it without you.

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Regina Ward

There should be strict laws about animal abuse and this thug should be punished to the full extent of the law when he is caught

Sue Officer

That is why I continue to support your organization. You are in my Trust when it becomes active.
I already receive all the mail from ASPCA and many more.

Sue Officer

Patrick Oliver

Congratulations Nibi!


Please send an email out with more of the story on who did this
and how they found them. This is the kind of thing that should be
on TV and a good story!

mary grace

It scares me that humans can be so cruel. Insensitivity to these acts are just increasing. Animals, like children, are helpless to defend themselves. We need to bring family and God's love into our lives. What sickens me is that the abusers think it's OK and their right to do as they please.

cheryl kloda

I hope Nibi finds the loving home he so well deserves.

Sharon Burch

I read this somewhere once and use it whenever I can:

"There is a special place in HELL for people who harm children and animals."

That is so true. I hope every person who hurts an animal for no earthly reason spends his/her eternity painfully in HELL.
And I'm a very passive person. God bless people who help animals and children.


awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww that is cute he/she looks like my dog that i uesd to have