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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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Way to go ASPCA!


How anyone can shoot a dog and leave it to die in sub-zero temperatures I cannot fathom. The cruelty people inflict on helpless companion animals will never cease to amaze me. I would be concerned about whoever did this to this dog because to me it shows they are a heartless, cold-blooded monster. On another note, very glad that the lady found this dog in time to save it, he probably didnt have much time left.

Alison Baker

What a marvellous job the Tribal Police are doing. The work that you and they dfo is invaluable. With wishes for a wonderful forever home for Nibi
thank you.


im glad people still caring for animals, u can see in the animals eyes when they suffer, hope people respect more animal's life they don't kill just for fun like human, we have to pay more attention to them and love them will live more peacefull and happy

nick iacoviello

May our lord Jesus Christ bless you for all you do...


Native Americans have the right idea. Blessings to them who help God's creations.


So very happy he has a loving home .. god bless all


So very happy he has a loving home .. god bless all

Debbie Santelli

I live in Stillwater, Oklahoma home to Oklahoma State University.A neighbor across the street has been trapping and killing cats for the past 15 years he has lived there. His name if Jeff Blocker and works for Oklahoma State University int he Fire Protection Publication Dept. The Animal Control and Police know he is doing this and do nothing to stop him. When I call the police to report animal crying as he torchers them, the police threaten me. So they make sure they do not get another phone call.

Debbie Santelli

Brenda Lins

I would love to adopt Nibi! So glad he was rescued and I hope they found the "bleep bleep" that did that to him. People like that just aren't human.