Upon returning home from our first trip to the South, I began looking online and couldn't get over all the news and forums about puppy mills in the South. Wanting to help, my husband and I rescued two additional dogs -- Abby and Lily, to add to our family, which already included Manny, another rescue dog we rescued when my husband and I moved in together. When we rescued Lily, I found that she had a lump in side of her face, and wondered what it was. The rescue told me that this tiny 5 lb. Maltese mix had been shot in the face with a BB gun, in addition to being used for frequent breeding. I couldn't believe someone could do something like this, and knew that I had to rescue her. And, since then, we have provided Lily with a forever home and received so much unconditional love, even after her rough beginning.
So, when I heard about Susie's Hope and the back story, which is based on a true story, I had to watch the movie. I knew it would be a tearjerker, and it was -- but, being a dog lover and person who rescues animals, I needed to see it. My heart broke as I watched Susie suffering, and found myself praying that she made a recovery and found a forever home. The tears streamed down my face as I watched the scenes where the community came out in droves and offered up financial support to help cover the expensive vet care costs Donna, who had found Susie, was incurring, as she tried so hard to save Susie's life.
Even though the movie was hard to watch due to the nature of it, it was truly a moving movie about how people still love animals and will do whatever they can to help, while standing up against animal abuse and cruelty. And, with the holidays fast approaching many people are planning to buy dogs and cats to surprise family with. But, I hope these people think long and hard about the responsibilities of owning a pet, as I don't want to see these animals end up in a shelter or be put down, due to the owners not being able to care for them properly.
About the Movie:
"Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emanuele Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twilight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption. Run time 105 minutes."
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!
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