I'm the owner of a much loved dog. She's a rescue dog. I love dog stories, especially stories about rescue dogs. Show me a sweet dog that is rescued from danger or destruction, and I'll probably tear up at the story. So I watched the movie Susie's Hope.
Susie's Hope is based on a true story. From the movie's description:
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
The puppy, who was later named Susie and who would be involved in passing Susie's Law increasing punishment for animal abuse was found in a park in Greensboro, NC- not very far from me! You can read more about Susie and see some adorable photos on the Susie's Hope website here.
The movie itself was a little slow at the beginning. But I was very interested in the story, and that kept me wanting to watch to see what happened. If you are going to watch this as a family movie, know that there are a few graphic scenes of Susie, badly burned as a puppy. You can see some of those pictures on the website here to know if it's too much for young kids.
Overall, I thought the movie did a good job in portraying this touching story. To see the love that the whole town had for an abused dog was moving. And, following the story of the passing of Susie's Law which has brought stricter punishment for animal abusers was compelling.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this movie in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.
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