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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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LAURIELYNNE

THANK THE LORD FOR SUCH GREAT GREAT PEOPLE WHO TAKE THE TIME AND EFFORT TO HELP ANIMALS. I AM A HUGE ANIMAL LOVER MYSELF AND 'GOD' FORGIVE THOSE THAT HURT ANIMALS AS THEY ARE WRETCHED SICK PEOPLE WHO DESERVE TO REEP THE RATH OF 'GOD'. WE NOW LIVE IN A VERY VERY DISTURBED WORLD AND IT GETS WORSE ON A DAILY BASIS. PEOPLE HIT PEOPLE WITH CARS AND LEAVE THEM TO DIE AND ABUSE ANIMALS. PAYBACK WITH THE LORD OR PEOPLE MUST DO THEIR OWN PAYBACK. I KNOW YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO DO AN EYE FOR AN EYE BUT IN MY EYES ANYONE WHO HURTS OR HARMS AN ANIMAL SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO AWAIT THEIR PUNISHMENT FROM 'GOD' SORRY THAT IS THE WAY I FEEL. ANYONE EVER EVER GOES TO TOUCH MY DOG IN A HARMFUL WAY INSTANTLY GETS ZAPPED BY MY STUN GUN WITH 10 MILLION VOLTS. THE INDIANS GET BAD RAPS BUT I AM A BIG FAN OF THEM THEY ARE VERY VERY SPIRITUAL PEOPLE AND I LOVE THEM AND THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR HELPING THAT DOG IT REMINDS ME OF MY FIRST LOVE OF MY ENTIRE LIFE. MY SHEPARD MIX. HOPE THIS GUY GETS THE BEST HOME EVER WITH LOTS OF LOVE, TOYS GREAT FOOD AND GREAT PEOPLE. LAURIELYNNE AND CHAMP

Amy

Sidenote - I have rescued dogs from the Reservation around me. The Native Americans ON the Rez have a totally different view of dogs & cats. They are vermin to them. My precious rescue dog has horrible abuse scars ... tail cut off - teeth missing - ear cut ... my oldest friend adopted one of my rescues and they found BB's inside her. They use them for target practice. That is going to be VERY difficult to change. Education is the key.

Pat Sides

I hope the jerk who did this was found and severly (ha!) punished. It is disgusting and cowardly what people do to helpless animals - it makes me sick and very angry. I have had five German Shep. - the one who lives w/ me now is 11years old

mj pampena

thank u to the women and the police officer

Jagdish Mittal

Extraordinary effort which shows that humanity is still there for protecting animals

Willow Feigum

This dog looks just like my Fweddy who died of cancer 4 years ago. I still miss him - he was just a wonderful gentle friend. He was born at my home, one of 9 puppies born to a humane society dog that I was fostering.

Bonnie Myers

The world is a better place with compassionate people like the Tribal Police helping wounded, sick animals. God bless them for their efforts. I have never understood why people are so cruel to animals...they can be your best friends when no one else is there for you. Their love is unconditional and forever. If you have a pet, please treat it right and if you can't, then don't have one. It's as simple as that.

Buddy Penick

This dog in the article, as the story here didn't disclose, was shot in the face by police. It's happening over & over again, as police get trigger happy at every opportunity, especially shooting dogs. They later "claim" the dog was coming at them, even nice or older calm pleasant family pets.

Their "internal investigation" covers for their bullshit story every time, even when there are witnesses.

Buddy Penick

This dog in the article, as the story here didn't disclose, was shot in the face by police. It's happening over & over again, as police get trigger happy at every opportunity, especially shooting dogs. They later "claim" the dog was coming at them, even nice or older calm pleasant family pets.

Their "internal investigation" covers for their bullshit story every time, even when there are witnesses.

Buddy Penick

This dog in the article, as the story here didn't disclose, was shot in the face by police. It's happening over & over again, as police get trigger happy at every opportunity, especially shooting dogs. They later "claim" the dog was coming at them, even nice or older calm pleasant family pets.

Their "internal investigation" covers for their bullshit story every time, even when there are witnesses.

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