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CLARK COUNTY (WAOW) -- A Clark County dog brutally abused now has a second chance. Owen police say the three-year-old German Shepard mix was found badly hurt last month. Now, she's on the mend thanks to the police chief who helped rescue her.
They say a dog is a man's best friend. They say their love is unconditional.
“When I come in she jumps on me, starts licking me,” said Owen Police Chief Andrew Schade.
Even though Schade and Sammy have only known each other for a few weeks. It's a bond that will last a lifetime.
“No matter where I go I'll always come back and see her and remember her, definitely,” said Schade.
Last month Sammy was found on the side of the road. She was clinging to life.
“I knew exactly when I saw her that we needed to help her,” said Schade.
Authorities say say the dog had been badly abused. According to court documents, her owner tried to skin her alive.
“She needed to be saved,” said Schade.
Sammy underwent numerous surgeries. She still has wounds on her neck and chest that are covered up with bandages.
“She's a victim,” said Schade.
But, she's also a survivor. That's thanks, in large part, to Schade.
“You have to do the right thing and that was to save her life,” he said.
Schade paid for all Sammy's medical bills. He says it totaled more than $1,000.
“It makes us feel good that she's doing well, the money is meaningless," said Schade.
A small price to pay, he says, to see her happy face.
“We just want to have her be loved and cared for, because that's what dogs should have,” explained Schade.
Right now Sammy is staying with a foster family, recovering.
“She's just been so happy. She's healing up so nicely,” said Sammy's foster mom.
Veterinarians say she has a long road ahead of her. She will need to wear the bandages for the next three months. But, she'll continue to get better, and do it with Schade by her side.
A fund has been set up for Sammy at Time Federal Savings Bank. Schade says the money will go toward her medical care. Any money left over, he says, will be donated to the Clark County Humane Society.
Donations can be sent to: “Sammy Care Fund” 326 N. Central Avenue P.O. Box K Owen, WI 54460
You can also donate at Time Federal Savings Bank branches by addressing donations as “Andrew Schade Sammy Care Fund”.
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