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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It is always heart warming to read stories like this! I am glad there are people out there that really care about animals. Hope Nibi finds his FUREVER home soon! Thanks to the Chief for rescuing Nibi!!


How wonderful that Tribal Police Chief Washington took the time, let his loving heart guide him, and saved the life of this beautiful dog. I think a lesser man would have just 'put him out of his misery' but Chief Washington did everything he could do to help Nibi, and I know his compassion and kindness will return to him in many different ways throughout his life. God Bless You Kenneth Washington!


Good has triumphed over evil once again! What a gorgeous face on this dog. Does someone need a little lovin'? Please do yourself a favor and adopt this dog.


Nibi is one courageous dog! & absolutely beautiful! Thank you ASPCA For all you do. I love hearing these success stories. Keep em coming!

Natalie Roy

God bless the wonderful folks who saved this helpless pup. Thanks to the ASPCA and its donors, there was funding to save him. He is deserving of a wonderful life and I hope he finds it soon :)


Animals are a gift from God. The laws are not strict enough to punish the cowards who abuse animals like this. The government should provide more funding for the ASPCA as well.

Susan McMillin

I'm glad there are so many caring people out there, watching out for hurt animals. There are too many animal owners that neglect, hurt these precious animals, that need to be caught.

Wendy Lindemann

How sad to read yet another story of the abuse humans inflict upon our creatures. How wonderful though, to hear that a few good people cared enough to make a difference. Makes my volunteer efforts at an animal rescue more special...thank you!

Bernadette Pfeffer

There needs to be a bigger punishment for those who abuse animals, maybe they would think twice.