Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

June 23, 2013

Hope – a dog’s tale

Nearly one year after being found brutally tortured, Hope the dog has fully recovered and is well-adjusted in her new home as foundation formed in her honor prepares for June 29 event

It’s been nearly one year since Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control officers rescued Hope and the community united for man’s best friend in need.

The female pug-mix breed dog was found tortured, severely injured and dehydrated on a scorching hot Texas day in the 6900 block of Baker Road. Hope’s mouth had been taped shut, with her tongue protruding. She had been stabbed multiple times.

July 9, marks the one year anniversary she was discovered, beginning her rigorous road back to health requiring excruciating therapy and surgery, involving more than 100 stitches. Next month, Hope celebrates the first anniversary of the adoption into her new family with Charlie and Kit Moncrief.

One year ago, the public overwhelmingly responded in record numbers and paid for Hope’s surgery and therapy, completely covering the costs of Hope’s medical treatment. The remaining donated funds were placed in a reward fund established for Hope.

The fund has remained untouched in the past year.

It still promises a guaranteed $10,000 reward to the anonymous tipster who identifies Hope’s tormentors to law enforcement authorities.

An additional $25,000 has also been anonymously donated for any tip leading to the arrest, indictment and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Hope’s torture.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Hope’s injuries were deliberately and maliciously inflicted.

“Hope is truly an amazing dog,” said Sheriff Fowler. “Her story touched lives all over the globe. She overcame a horrific ordeal and proved she was stronger than her abusers by surviving a tremendous amount of torture. We are continuing our investigative efforts in identifying the suspect(s) involved so no other animal has to endure what she suffered.”

The sheriff’s office received about 400 calls per day of individuals requesting to adopt Hope after her story went viral. Parker County sheriff’s employees received comments, prayers and donations regarding Hope from around the United States, Canada and as far away as New Zealand.

Text Only
Front Page
  • 0729 one purple heart group.jpg A Purple Heart County

    County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse. 

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • WISD to propose tax rate decrease

    Weatherford ISD, which is projected to see a rise in property values, is proposing a one-cent tax rate decrease, which would slightly increase taxes for the average homeowner. 

    July 28, 2014

  • Israel Andrade Illegal indicted for burglary, child indecency

    A Parker County grand jury has indicted a man accused of breaking into a Springtown-area home earlier this month and molesting a sleeping 9-year-old girl.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_9754.jpg Home destroyed by fire

    WEATHERFORD – A fire that broke out Monday on the 700 block of Cimmaron Trail in Horseshoe Bend ended in the complete loss of a family’s home.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0727 one before-after.jpg Almost there...

    As a two-room schoolhouse with two school teachers conducting grades 1-9, the Mount Pleasant Colored School has had a humble beginning.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Woman hit on interstate identified

    A woman killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line has been identified as 29-year-old Ashley Wright of Weatherford, according to information released Saturday by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

    July 26, 2014

  • Five teens hospitalized after wreck

    Alcohol may have been involved in a wreck Wednesday near Brock that sent five teens to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Woman killed while walking on interstate

    A woman, who had not been identified as of Friday afternoon, was killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Rates of the rise?

    As part of an ongoing discussion, the City of Weatherford Municipal Utilities Board Thursday was taken through part two of the rate-making process for the city’s proposed capital improvement plan. The result of this plan will have a direct impact on utility rates for city customers. 

    July 24, 2014

  • Hospital board moves closer to building ambulance station

    The Parker County Hospital District Board of Directors took steps Wednesday to advertise and accept bids for the construction of a Brock-area ambulance station. 

    July 24, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks