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Little Orphan Annie

Orphan Annie is a beautiful Golden Retriever who was found on the side of a road in Northern Minnesota, shot and dying. She was brought...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Dec 22nd 2008


Orphan Annie is a beautiful Golden Retriever who was found on the side of a road in Northern Minnesota, shot and dying.

She was brought to the vet by a good Samaritan who stopped to help her when he saw her lying in the snow, thinking she had been hit by a car.

Annie is currently being cared for at the University of Minnesota Veterinarian Hospital where she’s gone through surgery to recover from her wounds.

“They found multiple bullet wounds in her diaphragm and that went through her stomach,” explained Tart. “Basically through both sides of her stomach.”

Surgeons operated on Annie this weekend, having to remove part of her stomach and close the wounds. But they say given all she’s been through, she’s doing very well.

Right now she needs to get sleep so she can start healing. Even though her condition is tenuous, the U of M vets are optimistic. Tart said they’re pulling for her like everyone else.

Jeanette Trompeter from wcco.com, who wrote the original story, has been following Annie’s story closely. She has followed up with Annie’s medical team and found out that she is doing amazingly well considering all she’s been through. Trompeter’s co-worker issued a little challenge, which I want to share with Dogsters, to help raise money for Annie’s care.

So I received a little challenge today from co-worker PJ Fiske, who read the blog and has taken calls from heart-sick viewers all day. He ponied up $100 and challenging me to do the same.

I did so and now I will now challenge some other co-workers and friends who I think have the means to help out. And if you do too, click this link and donate, put “WCCO fundraiser” in the notes section. Then put a note on the blog publicly calling out a friend to step up to the plate and send them the link to see it.

Times are tough, $100 is a lot of money, but even $5 or $10 could make a big difference in helping Annie. Hopefully bringing a happy ending to this heart-breaking story.

There is now a blog for Annie on Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota, you can read up-to-date reports on her progress. While Annie isn’t totally out of the woods yet, she is doing amazingly well, getting stronger everyday.

It’s not known who committed this heinous crime against Annie, and I don’t know if they’ll ever be caught, but one can only hope what they say about karma is true. It comes around.

* Photo of Annie thanks to Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota.