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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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Beth

So sad to hear about what animals go through because of careless people... I'm beyond happy to hear someone helped this poor helpless dog. So glad to hear stories like this have a wonderful ending :) thank you for all u do!!

Debbie

LOVE what you are doing with my donations! It's all more than worth it.

I HATE WHEN PEOPLE (THEIR OWNERS) ABUSE AND NEGLECTED THEIR ANIMALS THEY NEED TO BE PROSECUTE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT AND LET THEM FEEL THE SAME PAIN THEIR PET FELT!!!

Lucy

Poor sweetheart, hope your live is happier ans safe. Hugs, kisses and wags.

Michael Walden

I too am an Animal Lover,,Luv to see the animals have a good time just being a [great] friend to us humans. I wish to thank the Tribal Chief of police, Kenneth Washington, for ALL he did in this terrible emergency situation. I know it shows his true feeling for our furry friends !

Lisa

How sad bad enough its Freakin Cold and then for a teenage or
An adult to do this How where is the JUSTICE!! Poor thing it looks like he was already sufferingI hope who ever did that gets Time not only Months I tell you why can JUSTICE be served but years We need more Stronger LAWS for Elderly, Children, an Animals that
Are PETS man's BEST FRIEND!! JUSTICE NEEDS TO BE DONE
AND I TRUST IN THE SERVE & PROTECT!!

Alice Hardy

We are dog lovers and I am glad she was found alive and brought back to her health.

Lynn

It is wonderful he has a happy ending. There are a lot who do not. I have 6 dogs and 4 are rescues from the street. One is a German Shepherd. It took me 2 weeks to catch that boy. He was terrified of everyone, looking for food. One guy at church said he had a .22 that would take care of him. Seriously! I finally caught him with some chicken. He did not know what a treat was, rawhide, toys, his collar was on too tight and he was emaciated. Now he is a 90 lb couch potato. He loves his frisbees and bonded with our little 15 lb Boston Terrier, another rescue, and a Blue Heeler mix. What a change a little love and good food will do for them. His black fur just gleams and is very shiny. His personality changed dramatically. He went from a very scared bare boned waif to a very big boy who rubs his head on my legs in affection. He gives me wet kisses also! What a sweetheart!

phyllis hawkins

Who is Nibi's owner, and how was the poor dog injured so horrifically in the first place? If it was at the hand of humans, legal action must be taken. Otherwise, it looks like a negligent owner, who should have been keeping watch of his beautiful shepherd in such devastating weather conditions, is responsible. I want to hear more about this story. I do believe that by holding people accountable for their treatment of animals, we slowly change the world.

sara swanson

I was wondering if the dog got adopted?

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