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 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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