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Dog shot through the face and leg has new home


CHARLES CITY (KWWL) - Hope, the beagle that was found along a Charles City roadway last winter after being shot through the face and leg and likely thrown from a moving vehicle, has finally found her home.

The small beagle was brought to the Humane Society of North Iowa (HSNI) last December by a Good Samaritan who saw the dog tumbling down the side of the road, picked her up and brought her to the shelter.  After extensive veterinarian care, which included a leg amputation, Hope spent many weeks recovering from her injuries in a foster home with a Humane Society volunteer.

During her recovery period, HSNI received numerous cards and letters from people with well wishes and prayers for Hope.  Monetary donations were also received for Hope to help offset her medical expenses, which were upward of several thousand dollars.  "We were able to fully pay for Hope's veterinarian bills," said HSNI Executive Director Sybil Soukup, "with the balance of the donations being put into our Miracle Fund so that we may help future animals with catastrophic injuries like Hope's".

The Miracle Fund was created a few years ago by HSNI in honor of a yellow lab pup that was found abandoned in a snowy Iowa cornfield shot through the mouth and left for dead.  She was curled up next to her mother, who had also been brutally shot, but didn't survive.  The yellow lab, named Miracle, required extensive surgeries, but survived her ordeal and now serves as a therapy dog to local nursing homes and senior living facilities.  Her story inspired the Humane Society to create the "Miracle Fund" to be able to help other animals that came into the shelter with catastrophic injuries.  "Unfortunately, the Miracle Fund had a zero balance when Hope came into the shelter", said Soukup, "but we knew we had to help this poor dog and so we hoped that the public would help us, which they did".

Hope's adoption was recently finalized and she is settling in nicely into her new home.  Due to the violent nature of her injuries, and the unknown circumstances surrounding them, her adoptive family is choosing to remain anonymous, but are grateful that she survived her horrible ordeal is enjoying watching her live a normal dog's life once again.

"Hope's new family reports that, even with 3 legs, she's fast!" said Soukup.  Hope's new family includes 2 other dogs that she loves to play with.  "After a long day of playing, Hope likes to curl up for a long nap in her favorite recliner in the safety of her new loving home. We couldn't have asked for a happier ending for this precious dog," said Soukup.

For more information about becoming a foster home for the Humane Society of North Iowa or about contributing to the Miracle Fund, please call the Humane Society of North Iowa at:  641-423-6241.


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