A dog that was shot 17 times before being left on the streets has a new found life as a therapy dog.
Maggie is a five-year-old dog who was found in Lebanon with her eyes shot out and her ears cut off, also suffering from a broken jaw.
The resilient five-year-old dog was also pregnant when she was found tied to a box on her own.
But that was not where the story ended for the amazingly brave dog. She was rescued by an animal charity called Wild At Heart Foundation.
According to their website, the foundation “…funds animal welfare projects all over the world.”
In addition, they reduce the world’s 600 million stray dog population through rescue projects, neutering programs and education initiatives.
And Maggie was one of those lucky stray dogs as her life after getting rescued continued to get better and better.
Her story became known by animal lover, Kasey, who took her into her home in Brighton.
Currently, she works as a therapy dog and has a massive Instagram following.
When speaking with The Argus, Kasey went on to explain:
“This person in Lebanon posted asking for help and a woman in London saw the post and got help. Wild At Heart said they would take her in, even though it’s quite hard to get pets out of Lebanon. My mum saw Maggie’s post and said we had to foster her. I got home and saw the picture and agreed.”
But the process took a bit longer than just that. The first step was getting Maggie out of Lebanon. It took six months and online campaign but eventually, they managed to get her into her new home in Sussex.
Maggie now boasts an online following of over 80,000 people on her account “Maggie the Wunderdog” and even has a busy schedule visiting hospitals, care homes as well as universities to spread her positivity.
It should be noted that not just any dog can become a therapy dog.
The process includes a series of exams which Maggie passed without a hitch.
“Yesterday me and Maggie went to meet with her assessor, @maherandhounddogtraining she flaunted her stuff and gave it her best go and she PASSED. Maggie is now a registered therapy dog with @underdog_international,” Kasey proudly posted to Instagram.
She continued on, sharing:
“She and I will speak to schools and work hands-on with youngsters. I know what happened to Maggie was horrendous but if her story can educate and inspire others to do good then at least we can do our part to make this world a little brighter.”
But despite her many health problems, Maggie is just like any other dog.
Her owner continued, saying:
“She’s just brilliant. She’s so energetic and bubbly. She walks off the lead and follows me around. She must have been in agony with all she’s been through, but she never hurt anyone and she’s so loving. She’s got a great life and she wants so much out of it… I just want people to see that she’s living life.”
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