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After This Injured Dog Was Rejected By Her Owner, A Kindhearted Cop Refused To Give Up On Her

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Daisy the dog had experienced little love in her short life, having been rejected several times. Now she had been left to fend for herself, sporting an injured leg that could barely support her weight. But not everyone was willing to give up on Daisy so quickly, as one officer showed.
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Despite being towards the start of her young life, Daisy had already experienced a lot of turmoil and cruelty. The boxer-pit bull mongrel had been discarded by no fewer than three previous owners reject her, and her fourth was equally dismissive. They had just left her to fend for herself.
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Dogs are reckoned by experts to have the emotional age of a two or a two-and-a-half-year-old child, according to Psychology Today magazine. Furthermore, they’re social animals, and have a much better quality of life when they’re not alone. Young Daisy badly needed to be shown some affection.
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Unfortunately, by August 2017, what she had experienced was apathy and neglect. That was how Daisy came to be in a park in Bloomington, Indiana. The dog’s struggle for survival – and no doubt her search for food – led her there. But it was as far as she could go.
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Daisy had collapsed in the park and couldn’t get back to her feet again. Thankfully, she was spotted by passers-by who showed more concern for her than her last owner had. Showing some much-needed compassion, they contacted local authorities to send the pup some assistance.
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Animal-loving officer Jeff Ripley answered the call, and to see Daisy in such a state was doubtless tremendously upsetting to him. Not only was the mongrel malnourished, she also had several other health problems. To begin with, Daisy was riddled with fleas. She was also badly injured.
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Whatever had happened to Daisy had left her scratched and burned, but perhaps the most obvious damage was to her leg. Not only did the poor pup’s rear left limb hinder her walking, but it would barely take her weight. With this in mind, Ripley took Daisy to a veterinarian.
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After a thorough examination, Daisy’s doctor revealed the extent of her wounds. The dog had suffered from both a torn meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). To make matters worse, because the injury had gone untreated, the poor pup also had a dislocated kneecap.
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Moreover, the vet concluded it likely that one of her owners had tormented Daisy. In addition to uncovering the troubling evidence of the dog’s difficult past, the medic also discovered she was microchipped. Using it, Ripley was able to locate Daisy’s last owner.
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While the plucky pup’s vet treated her surface wounds, Ripley contacted Daisy’s fourth, most recent human. They explained how Daisy’s injuries were the result of a car colliding with her several months earlier. They had left the damage untreated, and abandoned Daisy.
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That saddening news was all Ripley and his then-fiancée (now wife) Rosie Ahlberg needed to make up their minds. They’d already fallen for Daisy’s charms, and they decided to offer her a home themselves. Rosie revealed as much to animal news website The Dodo in September, 2017.
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“Jeff has a big heart for animals,” Rosie said. “We really wanted to give this dog a chance to know love, and what a good home is.” The catch was that the Ripleys were hosting quite a few rescue animals already.
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To be more specific, their household already had two cats and a dog; how would Daisy respond to them? As it turned out, the couple needn’t have worried. She fit right in with the rest of the family, which only cemented their determination to keep Daisy.
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There was only one problem that remained, but it was a big one: the matter of Daisy’s medical treatment. Although the cost was high, the Ripleys knew Daisy was worth every penny. So in August, 2017, they set up a crowdfunding page in a bid to cover her bills.
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Rosie laid bare the situation on a gofundme page. “Little Daisy came into our lives completely unexpectedly,” she wrote, “and unfortunately her medical needs just are not in our budget. Every penny from this fundraiser will be used to pay for Daisy’s surgery that she needs.”
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Not only was the surgery necessary, but it was the best option to treat Daisy’s injury. “Since we’ve had her she’s been on meds to manage her pain and keep her happy,” Rosie revealed. “But what she really needs is surgery to repair her injuries.”
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Because of Daisy’s genetics, she is predisposed to leg injuries; as a result, amputation wasn’t a viable option. Should she suffer another, similar trauma in the future, Daisy would face an uncertain fate. That rendered her surgery of paramount importance.
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The Ripleys set their goal at $2,500 and fortunately kind-hearted donors helped them smash their target. In 13 months, generous well-wishers offered up a massive $3,660. Rosie promised to donate the excess funding to the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter, to help other dogs like Daisy.
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Since moving in with her new humans, Daisy has been recovering nicely. “She’s lived with us for a few weeks now and really is an amazing dog,” Rosie wrote back in August, 2017. “She’s made a lot of progress with us in a very short time.”
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There’s been no official word on how Daisy’s operation went. However, a social media update on June 6, 2018, indicated she’s doing just fine. The caption showed a resting Daisy with a short description. It simply read: “Rags to riches,” which sums up the sweet pup’s story perfectly.

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