The Herald Bulletin

July 28, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Looking under the shed to find Hope

Maleah Stringer

By Maleah Stringer
For The Herald Bulletin

— We got a call from the Anderson Police Department Dispatch on a Friday. The Animal Control Officers were on other runs so they asked if we could help out with a call for an injured dog.

The story told to dispatch was that the owner said her SMALL dogs got out of the fence. One got hit by a car, it’s eyeball had popped out and it was under their porch and the other SMALL dog was guarding it and would not let them near it. They were very worried about the dog that had been hit by a car.

I conned our volunteer coordinator Mica into going with me. She didn’t come up with an excuse quickly enough so off we went armed with a leash, treats and a blanket. The actual situation was a bit different than what was told to dispatch.

The dog who was guarding the injured dog weighed 50 pounds at least, the injured dog at least 40 pounds; they were not small dogs by any stretch of the imagination. When we got there both dogs were under the shed where, come to find out, they lived. We were told that they were strays who had been there since November. And the resident had been planning to bring the dogs to the shelter.

We managed to get the guard dog sequestered in another area. He wasn’t vicious, just protecting his friend. He watched us very closely as we went to the shed. I spread the blanket down and peered under the shed. All I saw was a bloody eyeball staring out at me. I launched into dog talk and pretty soon the poor dog’s tail was wagging. Good sign, but she was wedged quite a ways back and she did not show any indication of coming out of her own free will.

We went back to the shelter for reinforcements. This time I conned Veterinarian Claudia Smith, one of our volunteers, into helping. We also came back armed with a pack of wieners.

After lots more baby talk, and a whole pack of hot dogs, the dog drug her body out to us where we were able to get a leash on her and get her to the car. The first thing she did when she got out was lick my face.

We rushed her to Devonshire Veterinary Clinic where she had surgery to try and save her eye. Even in as much pain as she was in she at no time was vicious nor did she try to bite. We named her Hope. While feeding her hot dogs we hoped we could get her out without having to take a chainsaw to the shed. And we hoped that we can give her a better life than one of living under a shed.

Hope is a wonderful dog who deserves so much more than she has experienced in life so far. She will make someone a wonderful companion. If you need Hope and or her guard dog in your life please fill out an application to foster or adopt either or both.

Maleah Stringer is executive director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St., Anderson. She can be reached at 356-0900 or at