From heart breaking beginnings to happy endings
Happy Monday all!
I’m going to jump right into today’s rescue story, but I will preface it with this warning- there are images that are going to be disturbing. This story will make you angry and may make you cry, I won’t lie about that. At the same time, it is a reminder that even with as much evil as there is in the world, there are always people with kind hearts who are there to help however they can. As with many rescue stories, this one begins with cruelty, but I promise you, there is a happy ending for this pooch.
A 3-year-old-pug mix breed was found on the side of the road with gashes up to five inches long covering her body. Her mouth was bound with electrical tape, exposed tongue began to swell. She was unable to eat, drink or pant for more than a day. A caring citizen called Parker County Sheriff’s deputies to report an injured dog walking the streets. Animal control workers found her stumbling, frightened, and severely wounded. She was taken to an animal hospital where they named her Hope.
The first time Hope wandered onto the Moncrief family’s ranch in Parker County, the pug mix was near death.
After inspecting Hope’s injuries they discovered her attacker had purposefully pulled her tongue out and tape her mouth shut around it. Her tongue swelled so much and sustained severe damage, the vets thought they may need to amputate it. The attacker also stabbed Hope at least five times; the wounds were so deep she needed 100 stitches to close all her wounds. Twenty-four hours after arriving at the animal hospital they weren’t sure she would make it through the night. She couldn’t eat or drink on her own, and she had a very high fever.
“This is horrendous,” said Sheriff Larry Fowler, who described it as the worst case of animal cruelty in recent memory. “I can’t imagine what would bring a person to such an evil act.”
At first, the prognosis was grim for Hope. If she survived, a tongue amputation seemed certain.
But to the amazement of the veterinarians at Bowie Drive Animal Hospital, Hope recovered and her tongue remains intact. Within days she was using it to give kisses to children who visited the animal hospital.
Donations and adoption offers poured in by the hundreds from Weatherford to New Zealand.
Just over a month after she was rescued, Hope’s journey took her back to the ranch where she was discovered — except this time as the newest member of the Moncrief family.
“We got very lucky that we were chosen to be Hope’s new family,” said Kit Moncrief, 60. “The sheriff knows us and how much we love animals.”
Fowler has known Kit Moncrief and her oilman husband, Charlie, for over 45 years, he said. He knew they wanted to adopt Hope as soon as they heard about her.
“They are very into helping animals,” the sheriff said. “I knew they’d make a good home for that little dog after all she’s been through.”
Kit Moncrief is a chairwoman at the Fort Worth Zoo, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the National Cowgirl Museum. The Moncriefs’ ranch serves as a home to horses, dogs and burros — many of which are adopted.
“I’ve found that adopted animals are just so appreciative,” Moncrief said. “They know that they were saved and they’re very special.”
“It amazes me that she went from being so abused to being so friendly,” Moncrief said. “She’s a real character.”
The Moncriefs’ three adult daughters created a website, saving-hope.com, to spread awareness about animal cruelty and adoption.
“I hope their website turns what happened to Hope, which was horrible, into something good,” Moncrief said. “We want to inspire people to adopt, spay and neuter their pets, and just love their animals.”
She said she hopes that the hundreds of other people who sought to adopt Hope will heed that message.
“You save an animal once, and they save you a hundred times over,” Moncrief said. “Every time you look at your pet, they give you more joy than anything.”
Other than the scars on her ears, nose and back, Moncrief said, Hope shows only one sign of abuse: She is a bit hesitant around strangers.
“But after a moment she’ll sense that they are actually nice and will lick them to death,” she said. “At one point, someone must have taught this dog how to love.”
Meanwhile, whoever taught Hope harsher lessons remains at large, and a $35,000 reward sits untouched.
Danie Huffman, a spokeswoman with the Parker County Sheriff’s Department, said there have been no arrests and no leads despite investigators’ best efforts.
“There has been an investigation since day one,” she said.
Hope’s new owners want justice as well.
“I’m praying they catch this person,” Moncrief said. “I wish Hope could talk and tell us what happened.”