Dog Gnaws Foot Off to Save Herself

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A Michigan dog is recovering after being tied up and abandoned behind a Walmart.  She was freezing cold and was forced to chew her paw off after it became hopelessly tangled in her tether.  Thankfully she was saved and is now looking for a home.

Police are searching for the two black men shown on a surveillance video getting out of a Chrysler 200 and tying up a dog behind a Walmart in Roseville, Michigan.  The pit bull-beagle mix looked around for help, desperate to get out of the cold.

It appears that before she was abandoned, she was an outdoor dog left tethered with a cable.  Her foot became so badly ensnared in the cable that she was forced to make the painful decision of chewing off her paw.

Walmart employees discovered her, and Melanie Wittner, the founder of Hopeful Heart Rescue, was called in to take the dog in.


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“It was really cold out. She was stuck in one position,” Wittner said.  “Imagine your cold feet are stuck to the ground and imagine something stuck around it.”

The dog was taken to animal control and then released to Wittner.  She was named Courtney, and taken to the Advanced Animal Emergency.  Nonprofit group 4 Paws 1 Heart paid to have her leg properly amputated and have the bone shards removed from her stomach.

Even though she went through something horrible, Courtney is very happy and recovering well.

“She goes for car rides. She just absolutely loves people,” Wittner said.  “Her favorite thing is giving kisses to everybody. She’s not angry… She’s just the happiest dog in the world.”

Some donations and offers for a home have already come in.


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“We just want her to go to the best home possible. We just want to make sure she has the best life that she deserves after everything she’s been through.”

As for Courtney’s negligent former owner, Wittner hopes they do the right thing.

“I hope that those people turn themselves in because they’re cowards. That’s the lowest a human can be … they don’t deserve to have another animal in their home.”

If you would like to donate towards Courtney’s care, please CLICK HERE.

106 thoughts on “Dog Gnaws Foot Off to Save Herself”

  1. I think what they should do to this sorry bastards is take them to the middle of a frozen lake, drill, and ancer a chain and lock it to one there legs and leave them out thear . See how they like it!

  2. More serious laws need to be established within the United States toward animals so people don’t do these things to animals. Just like child protective services. There should be dog protective services with heavy fines and or dogs taken away from owners. These people should be placed on a database that they should not ever be allowed to have a pet. I’m getting really tired of the government taking animal abuse so lightly. They don’t realize that this is the beginnings of crimial activity it’s just a matter of time before they do more harm to others dog or humans. Both are living breathing souls. I’m a teacher I’m teaching my students to be kind toward little animals. I feel that if it’s not happening in their homes. I should do this to instill good morals and be kind as a human being. I’m not speaking about all my students without morals. Just one or two that need guidance to be a good citizen. If I can make a difference in just one child to be kind toward animals I accomplished my goal. These children are the future. I can sleep well that we raise good productive citizens that will go a long way to save animals. If they have a good heart they will pass that on to the next generation. I can’t imagine people who did this to dogs be multiplied in our country. The abuse needs to stop. There hearts of theses men rev not no the best intentions. THere next victim might be a human.

  3. Kill these bastards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. People are scum.

    Hope this baby gets the perfect forever home and the people who caused this rot & suffer!!!


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