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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

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Sheriff Fowler is once again encouraging the public to come forward.

“Someone, somewhere knows what happened to Hope and who is responsible,” Fowler said. “We urge them to come forward – for the sake of justice for Hope and other potential Hopes still out there.”

You may remain anonymous when calling the Parker County Crime Stoppers hotline at (817) 599-5555.

Hope has made a miraculous and complete recovery over the last year. Her treatment, although lengthy and strenuous, did not affect her kind nature. Kit Moncrief said Hope adjusted quickly to her new family and home, where she is pampered and will always know love.

Kit, a lifetime animal lover who has rescued numerous pets, said Hope inspired her and a local group of women to establish the Saving Hope Foundation. The Foundation is focused on animal abuse, animal neglect and overpopulation. It is determined to put an emphasis on education, especially in the areas of spaying, neutering and vaccinations. Saving Hope also wants to help those who struggle to keep their pets because of economic hardships.

The Saving Hope Foundation will celebrate Hope’s one-year adoption anniversary by hosting “The Day of Hope” – an animal adoption and awareness fair. The event will be held at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth on Saturday, June 29. The fair will host local rescue groups, food trucks and will offer vaccination services (first 100 free) and will be held for the general public from 8 a.m. until noon.

The event will be highlighted by the dedication of Fort Worth’s’ first mobile spay and neuter clinic, which is named in Hope’s honor. The free services performed by the mobile unit are funded by The Saving Hope Foundation.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams and members of the Saving Hope Foundation board will all take part in the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.

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