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Dog Shot, Abandoned, Rescued, and Adopted

Written by Michelle Kretzer | November 12, 2012

When PETA’s Community Animal Project (CAP) fieldworkers first met the sickly Lab mix they had received a call about, her condition broke their hearts. She was covered with fleas and ticks, was malnourished from too many days of going hungry, and was limping because of an injured back leg. Her owner had skipped town, pausing just long enough to tell his neighbor that he was leaving his dog behind and that the neighbor could “have her.”

Instead, the neighbor phoned PETA for help. It wasn’t CAP’s first encounter with the dog’s owner. He had let her have a litter of puppies and had called PETA asking us to find homes for them all. Fieldworkers had taken the puppies to the Virginia Beach SPCA for adoption, and now they were meeting the pups’ mother. Despite all that she had been through, the sweet dog nuzzled her head under their hands and happily wagged her tail, grateful to be getting a bit of affection.

Back at PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters, a veterinarian determined that the dog was suffering from heartworm disease and that she had been shot in the leg months ago but was never treated for the injury. She would require heartworm treatment and extensive surgery on her leg. Fortunately, the dog with the dark past and the bright eyes had already captured a PETA Foundation staffer’s heart. Robin had just lost one of her dogs, and something about this little girl’s soulful eyes spoke to her. Within a few hours of the pup’s arrival at PETA, she had a new home.

She also had a new name—Maggie—and four new canine siblings with whom she instantly bonded. Robin got her in to see her vet right away, and after hearing Maggie’s story, he decided to help Robin out with the expensive treatments that Maggie would require. A bone graft, two rods, two screws, and a cast later, Maggie was on the mend.

With heartworm treatment and good food, she gained 20 pounds, and Robin reports that she can practically see herself in Maggie’s shiny coat. Now she is a joyous, bouncy girl who loves to swim, go to the dog park, and “review” her guardians’ DVDs (she gave Harry Potter two paws down—but it tasted delicious!). After likely getting no affection her entire life, Maggie soaks it up now, and she will gladly play from sunup to sundown.

Maggie’s life, like her bowl, was once empty. Now her cup runneth over. 

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  • Anna Zisk says:

    Wow, what a blessed dog. Hope she lives a long happy life!

  • Kathy says:

    God bless your kind heart Robin ! Hope you and Maggie share a wonderful life together .. You both deserve it !!

  • Sasha says:

    Thank God there are still people on this Earth who care. That poor dog didn’t deserve the life her previous owner gave her. Thank you for your humanity ans I hope that you all spend a long and happy life together

  • Nancy Dinsmore says:

    So happy to see Maggie living the life she so deserves. Thank you PETA and thank you Robin!

  • Joanne says:

    Thank you so much PETA. May God bless your people and your work MORE!

  • Robin says:

    Thank you for your lovely comments…Maggie has become this beautiful, loving, crazy dog! lol..omg she loves life! She’s gained 30 lbs so far. Her ortho doc has given her a clean bill to run, play, and swim to her heart’s content. Thank you for reading her wonderful story!

  • Bina says:

    The poor dog, but I am glad she is happy now. Wished I had the time for a cat, but right now I do not, that’s why I currently don’t have any animals in my home. I don’t want them to be neclegted.

  • SpeckledStardust says:

    What a sweet heart. I’m glad she got a good home. ;u; It sickens me that people just leave their fluffy friends behind like that. They themselves should be shot in the leg and trapped in a yard for a week and see how they like it!! >:c

  • Lorr C says:

    What a beautiful ending for this amazing dog! Thank you so much Robin and all the people who helped Maggie have a fulfilling life!

  • Rebecca Shuster says:

    We need a Canadian version of Peta. So many animals need help here as well. Toronto. Ont

  • Colleen Baillie says:

    Wish that could happen more with alot of these poor animals we hear about. Keep up the good work PETA. You deserve this love Maggie.

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