Beaten Dog Gets Second Chance
Outagamie County, WI-- A dog beaten to within inches of its life with a chain, is recovering in northeast Wisconsin. Sadie, a one and a half year old German Sheppard was found clinging to life hundreds of miles away in Illinois. An unknown attacker beat Sadie with a chain, severely injuring her eye and back.
Now, an Appleton area woman who rescued the dog is trying to give her a new beginning. Cindy Filz, a dog rescuer and animal control officer, drove hundreds of miles to a Chicago suburb to rescue Sadie. “She was beaten with a chain, she took off running probably she was found hiding in an abandoned dog house on somebody's property,” said Filz.
Filz runs Fur-Ever Friends Animal Sanctuary near Appleton. Filz has been rescuing dogs since 1991. She said Sadie’s eye injury is the worst she has ever seen on a dog. Filz has been working with Sadie for about three weeks. The dog was so traumatized she would lie down whenever anyone came near, emotional scars that Sadie may never completely recover from.
"Sadie needed help, the shelter that had her couldn't help her, so was there anybody out there that could, and no other German Sheppard rescue at the time was available and I was, so I said yeah I’ll come down and get her and we'll work with her,” Filz said.
Injuries took Sadie’s ability to blink her eye an expensive surgery is the only way to keep her from eventually becoming blind. Filz is holding fundraisers and hoping the community will pull together for Sadie.
The rescue is hosting two brat fries coming up at the Piggly Wiggly on Northland Ave. in Appleton from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
To donate to the “Sadie Fund” send check or money order to: “The Sadie Fund” c/o Fur-Ever Friends Animal Sanctuary W4065 Wege Rd. Appleton, WI 54913