Riley doctor leads rescue foundation where every dog counts

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A man charged with torturing a pit bull puppy will go to trial in May.

Prosecutors say the dog was severely beaten by Lemontrae Bible, but she's making a comeback.

"She thinks she's the perfect, normal dog. She's ready to go play," says Dr. Tara Harris.

Amity is a two-year-old Chihuahua mix.

"Amity came to us after she was hit by a car. So she is paralyzed in her back legs," says Harris.

And Grandpa is a senior dog who's now in hospice care.

"He has three different types of cancer and we can't cure him completely. If they have a choice between having to end their life at a shelter where it's scary and they're surrounded by strangers or they can live with us for a while and live out whatever time they have left being loved and being comfortable and cared for, then to me that's a no brainer," says Harris.

One of Grandpa's best friends is Halsey. You may remember her. We've been following Halsey's progress since January, when the then, four-month-old was found beaten. She had multiple skull fractures, a broken jaw, broken ribs and a broken leg. She's on the road to recovery thanks to Dr. Harris.

"Our little Halsey that came from obviously a really horrible environment. She still greets everybody with a happy little tale wag, and can't wait to give kisses."

By day, the doctor leads the pediatric Center of Hope at Riley Hospital, specifically treating abused children. That same understanding and spirit of compassion can be found with her rescue foundation that she started eight years ago called "Every Dog Counts".

"Dogs with medical needs, either orphaned dogs or elderly dogs, dogs with injuries or illness. We're filling a niche that needed to be filled."

Love is what helps push Amity along.

"We were hoping she would regain some movement in her legs. But it doesn't look like she's going to."

She visits the veterinary two times a week for radiation treatment and physical therapy, thanks to a partnership with VCA Advanced Care Center in Fishers.

Harris says, "They have a heart for helping these little homeless guys, too."

Their hope is that once the dogs are given a clean bill of health, another family will carry the baton of hope and provide a loving home, even for those who are near the end of life. It's about relieving their pain.

Harris says, "Every family that we've ever had provide hospice care, they say that it was really a meaningful experience and that they were glad they did it."

And their eyes say, "Thank you!"

She says, "It's really pretty amazing how quick they are to forgive the world for what they've been through."

Amity is available for a forever home and needs to be with someone who understands her limitation, and Grandpa has about six to nine more months to live.

If you would like to provide him the best, last days of his life as a foster home, please give the foundation a call .

They need more foster homes and donations to continue their mission of saving abused animals. You can click on this link to see more dogs who need your help and how you can help.

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