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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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Sharon

I have 2 beautiful female Shepard mix dogs whom I love with all my heart.I don't understand why or how people can be so cruel and inhumane to animals.I love animals of all kinds,but I am more partial to dogs.I think orginizations that help injured,abused or lost animals are a blessing.

Lynda Benton

THANK HEAVEN FOR WONDERFUL, CARING PEOPLE LIKE THE TRIBAL POLICE ON THE RESERVATION WHO WERE THERE AND KNEW THE ORGANIZATION THEY COULD GO TO TO GET HELP FOR NIBI. HOW SCARED AND LONELY SHE MUST HAVE BEEN IN THAT KIND OF WEATHER. BLESS ALL OF YOU WHO HELPED

Trisha

I would suggest getting people/animal shelter/rescue organization to help you trap the cats, get them spayed and neutered and adopted. You would think in 15 years someone would have thought of that instead of letting them continue to breed and the person across the street trapping and killing them. Duh !!!!!!!!!

Heidi Hammerstein

Thank you Teresa! Thank you Ken! You are good people. Thank you ASPCA

Linda Corbin

Be nice if ASPCA would step up and help the Crow/Cheyenne tribes in Montana with the stray dogs and outbreak of either distemper or parvo going around the rez. It madde headline news locally and they really need some professional help out there!!

Christopher Bobek

What's the latest news on his recovery and life? I applauld the Reservation for taking immediate action for this helpless animal...thank you!

Renee Still Day

Thank you to officer Washington and Teresa Gunter for their compassion. It has always been the Indian way to respect all life and an animal is just as worthy as a human....sometimes more so.

Maria

As long as I live I will never understand how humans can be so
deliberately cruel to defenseless and innocent animals. There
is a strong connection between crimes against animals and
violence against people.
It is stories like this that make me donate as much as I can
to animal charities. I find that more and more I feel better
being around animals than most people I know.

Anne

I'm glad to hear that Nibi is doing great. I hope he gets a forever home.

Trinity Clark

Stop animal cruelty.Animals around the world are being treated wrong and the presedent should make laws more stricked because the people who beat animal thank its a joke.

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