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About the movie: Run time 105 minutes:
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
Take a peak at the trailer:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!
Head on over to YouTube to see the Hero Dog Award Video for Susie:
"Susie's Hope" was almost hard to watch in a few places. We allowed the kids to watch with us. Having read the story I knew there were places where they'd have to cover their eyes and ears, but those places were even a little tough for me. It was not only hard to see Donna being attacked by the dog, but also to see the abuse that poor Susie had endured. Of course, they kept the images to a minimum, but I think my imagination of how bad it must have been for both Donna and Susie is probably what really made me cringe. :-(
Thinking of Donna, I can't imagine almost being killed by an abused dog, while trying to care for it, then gathering the courage to take in another abused dog and nurse it back to health. It seems impossible, but Donna was able to do it with God's strength. Not only was she able to overcome her fears, but she was also able to do some amazing things with the bond they created!
I highly recommend seeing this film. I think it's important to bring awareness of animal abuse and to make sure there are laws out there to help protect our furry friends. I also felt that it was good for the kids to see the importance of being careful around dogs they don't know. We have talked about safety around 'strange' dogs with our kids on several occasions, but this film gave us a good opportunity to reiterate it. :-)
The "Susie's Hope" DVD can be purchased through the website for $24.99.
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