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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Thank you on behalf of Nibi and all the animals you help.. I was curious if Nibi has an actual home with a family now ,and also, where do these animals get directed after they are originally saved and helped? Where do people look to adopt these animals?

stella bell

Yes, I think Nibi"s story does make headlines. Nibi is so grateful- Thank you to the great people who helped Nibi!

Linda M

I was just reading this wonderful story and all the comments and I was thinking about all the people who love dogs so much. If we could somehow unite and with one voice let people know about the disgusting puppy mill industry and the overbreeding it causes, I believe, with all my heart we could put an end to this long nighmare for dogs in America...and wouldn't that feel wonderful.

anne nartowicz

I'm sad that nibi had gone through any pain, its a gods sent that there are people like the chief & tribal community & aspca who have done so much to rescue & save so many lives they have hearts of gold & even though they see terrible things done to animals & it breaks their hearts they stay strong & continue the fight to save and give these beautiful animals sorever homes or the care they need! God bless u all and keep up the great efforts and success! I'm a huge animal lover me and dave have 6 cats we rescued and love them all they are spoiled!:)

LaVonne Wibbens

Just throw in a few bucks for this wonderful cause....every little bit helps more than you can ever imagine.
Paypal is a great way to give.

Naila M Sanchez

Great job, Tribal Police and Leech Lake Legacy!! And, hats off to ASPCA again!! Give that sweet Nibi a kiss and great big hug from me!! Keep up this great work to save these animals on the tribal lands!!!

jane white

Animals have angels too.

susan carone

Thank God and St Francis and all of the people that help this dog and thank God for all of you ~you are truley a blessing and for one am so grateful for you work! Thank YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan Schutz

Dog spirit, combined with human compassion, trump evil. Nibi's assailant may never be found and the atrocities will continue...but this one, Nibi, was saved. We can still do more!

Tricia Hamilton

Why does our government have money for so much animal testing, damage, no money for food for the hungry, housing for the homeless, healthcare for insuranceless people. Shame on you USA!!!