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Sophie Belle is an adorable, extremely
chatty, little girl who came to the sanctuary in 1988 when she was
approximately one year old. She has the distinction of being here longer
than any of our other long term residents. She is also our miracle
child, having survived a horrendous attack by three German Shepherds!
Sophie had been abandoned by her former
owners and had been living in some woods with a couple of other stray
cats. Suddenly, they were set upon by three German Shepherd dogs who had
gotten loose from their owner. The other two cats were able to climb the
trees to safety. Unfortunately, Sophie had been de-clawed and was
therefore absolutely defenseless in this terrible situation. The three
dogs were literally playing a game of tug with her and they had almost
torn her in half by the time a good Samaritan came to her rescue. This
heroic lady managed to get Sophie away from the dogs despite the fact
that she, too, was badly bitten in the process.
Poor Sophie was in terrible condition.
She had the most dreadful wounds. She also had a collapsed lung. She was
losing air through the huge hole in her back and her heart had been
pushed up into the chest cavity. She was already in shock and well on
the way to dying when she arrived at the veterinarian’s office. They
immediately took her into surgery to try to repair the damage. The
chances of her pulling through were slim to none and the veterinarian
did not hold out much hope that she would survive. She was stitched
completely from one side to the other.
underestimated the stubbornness of both Sophie and ourselves. We refused
to let her die! We felt that we owed her a chance at life after all that
she had been through. Her original owners may have abandoned her to her
fate but we would not! Although it took weeks of intensive care and a lot
of love and prayers, to everyone’s amazement, our Sophie pulled through!
The turning point came the day she started to "talk" - and she hasn’t
stopped nagging us since then! We don’t complain! We feel that she’s
earned the right to nag all she wants! She truly is our miracle child and
we are grateful for every day that we have her.
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