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Pup Who Was Shot 17 Times, Blinded and Had Ear Cut Off, Won't Give Up, Now a Licensed Therapy Dog

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Many members of society struggle when they suffer debilitating injuries. Beyond the obvious pain and the rigors of treatment, incidents such as automobile accidents, strokes and radical surgeries cause major psychological issues.

People who were once able-bodied find themselves with frames that no longer work properly. “Can I even do anything worthwhile?” they sometimes ask themselves.

Well, the example of a Lebanese dog named Maggie should serve as an inspiration. According to Metro, the now-5-year-old pooch had a terrible start to her life.

When you hear the words “animal abuse,” you might imagine malnourishment or beatings. Those indignities are awful enough on their own.

However, Maggie suffered in a much more violent way. Shared reported that someone had peppered her with 17 pellets.

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Horribly, some of them had lodged within her eyes. That led to a raging infection.

Some brute had also chopped off one of the poor dog’s ears and left her tied to a box. When 25-year-old Kasey Carlin from Brighton, England, learned of Maggie’s travails, she decided she wanted to help.

“This person in Lebanon posted asking for help and a woman in London saw the post and got help. [Animal welfare nonprofit] Wild At Heart said they would take her in, even though it’s quite hard to get pets out of Lebanon,” Carlin said.

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“Today marks 6 months since I first arrived in the UK, can you believe it?! My mom and me would like to thank everyone who has been following my journey and to everyone who has had a direct impact on my rescue!”-Maggie • • • Many people were involved in Maggie’s rescue and we can’t thank them enough. I can’t imagine the pain she was in and knowing that she was found by the right people who essentially saved her life. Thank you @wild_at_heart_foundation • • • #rescuedogsarebest #rescuedoglove #dogsareawesomeee #dogsarethebest #dogsarepeopletoo #dogsarebetterthanpeople #dogsareagirlsbestfriend #dogsoflove #doggos #doggosbeingdoggos #doggostories #gooddoggo #cutedoggo #doggolove #wildatheartfoundation #cutedoggies #blinddog #disableddog #dogsofgreatbritain #specialneedsdog #specialneedsdogs #bemoremaggie #dogsofinsta #dogsofbark #dogsworld #dogsdaily

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“My mum saw Maggie’s post and said we had to foster her. I got home and saw the picture and agreed.”

Adopting Maggie ended up leading to a few shocks. Veterinarians in Lebanon had to remove her eyes prior to transporting her.

Carlin also didn’t learn about the extent of Maggie’s injuries until the dog arrived.



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She recalled how she began to cry upon first meeting the dog at the airport, touched by the extent of the pooch’s injuries. But just because Maggie was horribly maimed didn’t mean her life was over.

Noting her doggo’s quick recovery and bright spirit, Carlin decided to train Maggie as a therapy dog. And you know what? Maggie passed her test just fine.

Carlin stated that some have wondered why she didn’t euthanize Maggie given her supposed limited quality of life — but despite her disadvantages, Maggie still enjoys life and has made dramatic improvements.

Her loving owner believes the nay-sayers would change their minds if they could just meet her beloved dog.

“I’ve never met a dog like Maggie. She’s just brilliant,” Carlin said.

“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.”

Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, has reached out to Carlin for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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