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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kim mahan

awwww i feel so sorry for the animals you take care of , and help them , find a home for them


Has anyone adopted him yet? If not, I"ll take him!!!! He's gorgeous.


Thank you for what you do to help those animals. I am so glad there are people with hearts still out there! I wish Nibi a happy long life


Any new pics of this precious boy??

Claudette Possani

I´m so happy that Nibi was rescued and saved by the indian police , congrats to Washington and Teresa, God is looking for your attitudes and certainly will reward for doing good to animals, we are their voice. Tks and God bless you all.


Nibi looks as though he has a few years on him which of course, makes him "disposable".
you must wonder how many years of loyal service this pooch gave to someone.
no law requires anyone to be a pet owner, but should anyone make that decision there's a higher law that says act responsibly at least, if not lovingly.
i don't subscribe to the "goes around,comes around" theory because it just isn't so. what this perpetrator needs is a good asskicking.

How anyone can harm or shoot a dog/animal and leave it to die is beyond me. The cruelty people inflict on helpless animals breaks my heart. What a heartless monster this person must be. But I am very glad to all those wonderful people involved in his rescue and recovery! Will he be offered up for adoption any time soon, I would love to see him in a home with someone that would only show him love and kindness??


Thank God for these people who rescued Nibi & for Nibi! I cannot imagine why some loser would hurt a poor, sweet, defenesless animal. It makes me furious that there are people out there that do such a terrible thing. I am so glad this story had a happy ending! Reading it made me almost cry. I love you Nibi!


Ohhh that is so good. I wish there were more nice people around the worls to give animals a second chance.

Theresa Guzman

Your organization and volunteers I am eternally grateful to. I became a monthly member today in honor of my German Shepard Shaggy who I lost one year ago 03-09-12. I hope Nibi finds a good home please keep me posted. God Bless You all.