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Unthinkable Cruelty Doesn’t Break Tennessee Dog’s Spirit

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 11:15am
happy dog laying down on floor

To say Dale H. has a soft spot for dogs would be an understatement. In his life, he has rescued and found homes for more than 100 dogs in need. One such pup, a five-year-old special needs dog named Daisy May, is one of Dale’s three resident dogs.

As a puppy, Daisy was a victim of unthinkable cruelty. She was kicked, beaten and left for dead. Knox County Animal Control stepped in, and Daisy was transported to the Young-Williams Animal Center, a 2012 $100K Challenge participant, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“The veterinarians and staff fell in love with her, as they cared for her during her recuperation,” Dale says.  “They loved her so much, and they kept her until she found a home. Daisy May would not have had a chance without their compassion.”

Today, Daisy still lives with the lasting effects of animal cruelty. Due to extensive shoulder injuries, Daisy can only hop on her front legs. Because of the head trauma she suffered, her eyes "flicker" and cannot focus.

“Although she has suffered a great deal in her life, Daisy May is the happiest, most sociable and friendly dog I have seen in some time,” Dale says. “For her treats, she spins and spins, then hops in front of me. I have had Daisy for a year and a half now, and she is my closest friend.” 

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is Daisy heathy now






nnnnoooooo your wrong


no your wrong u poop head


I hate you anny

Lynda H.

Oh grow up!


Thank you to blessed Dale H and to all the good doctors who saved Daisy's life after such unspeakable cruelty. it is unbearable to read what she went through. She is beautiful and safe and loved and happy now. Thank you, Dale. Kisses and big hugs for Daisy May.

Marcia Salerno

It is so bittersweet. How could someone hurt a defenseless animal like that and still walk the face of the earth? But then there is the absolute opposite: Dale H who is kind, loving and wonderful and the vets also who brought her back to living. Those people make me proud.


there are angels among us, and dale is one of them. thank you! thank you! thank you! for providing such a beautiful home for daisy may. you have found a soul mate. it brings tears to my eyes. sending so much love and blessings to you both!