Injured dog gets permanent home in time for Christmas

Injured dog gets permanent home in time for Christmas

Lady is missing a leg from being shot Lady is missing a leg from being shot

6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Over the past month several people have come together to save the life of a dog who'd been shot.

The thin, injured dog was found roaming in Sevierville when a family took her to the vet. The dog is older and one leg has been amputated but one woman stepped up to give the injured dog a home just in time for Christmas.

As an early Christmas gift for herself and her foster child, Kay Hodge adopted a pooch named Lady.

"She's very sweet and it surprises me how trusting she is. She is very trusting," said Hodge.

Lady had been shot. A family in Sevierville found her, fed her and tried to gain her trust.

"It's incredible. She wouldn't have made it if it hadn't been for that couple. They are the heroes here," said Hodge.

The couple was eventually able to take the dog to the vet where she underwent surgery.

"The vet had to amputate her leg, but you're doing really good aren't you, Lady?" said Hodge.

The couple who rescued Lady had nine pets already and couldn't keep her. So, on Monday Hodge stepped in to help give the older, injured dog a forever home.

"She needs love and attention just like any other dog, and I've just got a heart for the neglected and abused," said Hodge.

Lady may only have three legs, but that doesn't slow her down. Hodge says while she has given Lady a home, Lady will give her family back much more in return. Hodge hopes more people consider adopting rescue animals.

"It's very rewarding. It just feels good to help, and the dogs just have unconditional love for you, they really do," said Hodge.

"Do you consider your animals a part of your family?" 6 News asked. "Oh yeah," said Hodge. Hodge says Lady is a new member of the family for life.

As far as medical treatment, Lady is still on antibiotics. Her stitches come out Saturday. Hodge says she's looking forward to giving her new dog a bath.

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