A miracle dog that was shot 17 times and left blind by thugs has found a new lease as a therapy dog. She has now become an 'Instagram star.'
The 5-year-old pooch, Maggie, was rescued from horrific conditions in Lebanon. She was found with her eyes shot out, one of her ears cut off, a broken jaw, and many bullet wounds all over her body.
She was also pregnant when the horrific incident occurred and was found tied to a box.
Maggie's life changed when she was rescued by an animal charity, the Wild At Heart Foundation.
After hearing Maggie's story, Kasey Carlin, a dog lover, decided to adopt the pooch and took her into her home in Brighton.
Explaining the dog's story, Kasey told The Argus:
"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."
Though Kasey Carlin, 25-year-old, was so enthusiastic about adopting Maggie, the adoption process wasn't plain sailing.
The first challenge was getting Maggie out of Lebanon. But after a six-month online campaign, Ms. Kasey was able to organize Maggie's removal from Lebanon.
Maggie is now inspiring animal lovers online, and she has received over 440,000 Instagram followers on her 'Maggie the Wunderdog' account.
She also has a career visiting hospitals and universities to spread a positive and inspiring message.
For a pooch to qualify as a registered therapy dog, she needs to pass examinations and observations. And when Maggie passed all the tests, Kasey was happy to share the good news on social media.
Taking to Instagram, Kasey wrote:
"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."
The proud pooch owner continued:
"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."
Despite Maggie's horrific ordeal, Kasey insists she's still a 'normal dog' with an 'infectious spirit.'
"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."
Maggie's story has captured the hearts of many on the internet. And both Kasey and Maggie are working full-time, helping others in person and online.
"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."