Animals Overcoming Abuse: ‘Angel’ Lucky to Be Alive

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HURON COUNTY, Ohio – Angel has overcome so much, and she isn’t even two years old.

“Her name was Angel when we got her, and we kept it that because we figured she was an angel, she was lucky to be alive,” said Stephanie Speir, who adopted the dog found near East 139th and Kinsman in Cleveland last winter.

Angel had been hit more than 30 times with bird shot from a shotgun when a child saw her wandering the streets and called for help. The Public Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS Ohio, nursed Angel back to health.

“Oh, it was terrible,” said Speir. “They had, like, one of the big cones around her head and her eyes were swollen shut, I mean, and honestly we thought it was a full-grown dog because it was – her head and face was so swollen, she couldn't open her eyes, nothing, it was terrible.”

“I didn’t care if she could see of if she was gonna be blind or not, I just felt sad for her. Nobody should do that too any animal,” said Stephanie’s husband, Beaver.

He decided they should adopt Angel after seeing her story on FOX 8 News.

“I would’ve never thought in a million years after what she’d been through that she’d be so happy, but she is,” said Stephanie. “She’s very friendly, loves everybody.”

“She’s a hand full,” said Beaver. “I mean, it’s pretty bad when you give up the couch to two dogs!”

Angel still has some bird shot in her, but you wouldn’t know it by the way she acts. The Speir family said she’s living a great life and she was welcomed with open arms.

“She’s doing real good, yes she is,” said Stephanie. “She will kiss you to death.”

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