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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.

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