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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Does Nibi have a home yet or someone waiting to take him home?


I wish the world would take incidents of this kind more seriously. People who inflict pain and kill just for their own thrill lack the ability to empathize with any other living creatures including people. The rescue of Nibi is great, but the capture or identification of the person who shot him is even more important.


God bless this beautiful animal....I tried to send in a small donation however if I use my credit card, why would I need to fill out a billing address. Can you provide an mailing address if someone chooses to use a personal check?

Kim Beach

This story is both tragic and heartwarming at the same time. Thank goodness the dog was found in time and thanks to all the caring people who played a part.
The people out there who abuse and torment animals need to be held accountable and severly punished. I think we are not strict enough!!


God bless Teresa for getting this poor dog help when he needed it.


I just read the article on this and it said it was due to a gunshot wound this dog had for a month before treated. I hope the former owner is prosecuted because they really neglected this poor dog!

Paula Frost

I just can't imagine anyone letting an animal suffer like that never mind actually causing the injury. You have to be some kind of twisted individual...our laws are far to weak when it comes to animal abuse. What a wonderful, caring person the rescuer is.


This story is so tragic I almost cried when I read the title and I love all the people who want to stop animal abuse and speak for them just because they're not human it doesn't mean they're useless and stupid animals are very intelligent and caring


I believe all animals are precious and need our love. I can not understand why anyone could hurt an animal. has to be a very sick person to do such horrible things.. God Help all those poor animals who suffer and make those people pay for what they have done.

Wendy Z

The animal abuse has gotten so out of control these past few years, I'm pretty close to being all for criminals getting "like" punishments. If they shoot the animal, shoot the criminal. If they are caught in dogs fights, put the criminal in a lose-lose fight situation. If they beat the animal, beat the criminal, etc.
I will never, in a million lifetimes, understand how people can think any of this can be okay in any way, shape or form!! We are a sick species. God bless all of you/us that are out there helping and loving these animals. May be all be blessed.