A year after being left for dead, Hope has a happy life

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The Day of Hope The Saving Hope Foundation will celebrate Hope’s one-year adoption anniversary by hosting “The Day of Hope” at The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame from 8 a.m. to noon on June 29 It will include local rescue groups, vaccination services and food trucks. There will also be a dedication for Fort Worth’s first mobile spay and neuter clinic that will be named after Hope.

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It’s been almost a year since Hope was nearly lost and officials are still urging individuals to come forward with information about who harmed the female pug-mix.

Hope was found on July 9 last year in Parker County. Suffering from dehydration, she had been stabbed repeatedly and her mouth had been taped shut with her tongue sticking out.

“Hope is truly an amazing dog,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a statement. “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.”

After her story of survival became public, the sheriff’s office received about 400 calls a day from people wanting to adopt Hope. One offer came all the way from New Zealand.

She was eventually adopted by Charlie and Kit Moncrief and has recovered from her injuries after having surgery — needing more than 100 stitches — and therapy. Donations came in from around the country to pay for her medical treatment and a reward fund was established that still guarantees $10,000 to anyone who anonymously provides information about the person who hurt Hope. Another $25,000 has also been donated for any tip that leads to the arrest, indictment and conviction of those responsible for Hope’s injuries.

“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.”

Anyone with information should call the Parker County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (817) 599-5555. They can remain anonymous.

Hope’s plight inspired Kit Moncrief and a local group of women to establish the Saving Hope Foundation, which focuses on animal abuse, animal neglect and overpopulation.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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