When police got a call about a stabbing in a church, they rushed to the scene as fast as they could. However, it seemed like it might already be too late, because when they got there, they found the victim bleeding to death.
In March 2017 the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) received a call from the police in St. Louis County. The cops needed their help with an unfolding incident. As a result, the animal welfare organization sent a special task force to the scene.
The cops had been attending an episode at a church in the north of the county; they had been called to deal with a mental health-related incident. But what they found when they got there was shocking.
Upon arriving at the place of worship, the HSMO team found a red shape lying on the ground. They quickly realized, however, that the object was a badly wounded dog. And she was bleeding to death.
Someone had attacked the animal with a knife. During the frenzied assault, the dog had suffered 19 stab wounds. As a result, the ten-year-old poodle mix’s body was punctured with deep wounds, including those to her back, neck and chest.
While they established the circumstances of the attack, the police asked the HSMO to take the dog into protective custody – so the organization’s team took her back to their headquarters. There, vets discovered that she was suffering from shock, trauma and severe blood loss.
As a result, the veterinary staff had to work against the clock to save the poodle. So they gave her antibiotics, pain relief and fluids to stabilize her. After that, they placed her in close observation to ensure that her condition continued to improve.
One day after she arrived at the shelter, however, her owner surrendered custody of the dog to the HSMO, and staff named the animal Frannie. They could now dedicate themselves to getting her better and giving her a new life.
Furthermore, they used Frannie’s horrific ordeal to raise awareness of their fight against animal cruelty. They released a statement about the dog on their website. “This poor dog suffered an unfathomable trauma,” Kathy Warnick, HSMO’s president said in the post.
“Our first priority is for her to make a full recovery,” she added. “Our expert staff will do everything we can to treat Frannie and give her the love and care she deserves. In addition, our ACT will continue to investigate this case and deliver our report to the St. Louis County Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office.”
But while the HSMO investigated the incident and Frannie’s background, she had the fight of her life on her hands. She needed extensive treatment for the physical and mental trauma that she had suffered. Moreover, her wounds would require surgery.
However, after just one week at the shelter, Frannie had come on leaps and bounds. Although she still had a long road to recovery ahead of her, footage showed her jumping around and enjoying the attention of the HSMO staff.
Over the following weeks, little Frannie proved that she had the will to live. And after a teeth-clean and a fresh clipping, she looked unrecognizable. In fact, it was like she was a completely different dog.
“Initially we were very concerned whether she could recover because of the number of her wounds, the amount of blood loss and the trauma she suffered,” said Dr. Mark Wright, HSMO’s director of shelter medicine. “[But] Frannie showed tremendous stamina and remarkable pluck.”
Now that Frannie was back to full health, the shelter’s staff could concentrate on finding her a new forever home. And it didn’t take long. That’s because someone had had their eye on Frannie from day one.
In April 2017 one of the first responders who had arrived on the scene at the church ended up adopting Frannie. Their family – who wish to remain unnamed – knew at once that if she survived, they wanted to take her home.
They knew that they could give Frannie the love that she needed to flourish. And she would also have plenty of other furry friends to play with. Indeed, Frannie would find two other little dogs as well as two cats at her new home.
The staff at the HSMO couldn’t have been happier to see Frannie go to such a stable home. The dog had received plenty of adoption offers, but in the end it was easy for them to choose the right family for her.
“Frannie has a legion of people who took an interest in her plight,” Warnick revealed in a statement. “[They] donated toys and money to help us care for her and [many] wanted to adopt her.”
“We feel adopting her to this first-responder family will ensure her the safe and loving future she deserves,” she added. “We are very grateful for all of the expressions of support and love we have received for Frannie.”