On Nov. 30, the FBI announced it will begin tracking cases of animal cruelty nationally in 2016, a move advocates hope will bring more attention to the crime among law enforcement agencies, not only to protect our fuzzy friends, but to underscore the link between animal abuse and other violent crimes. Donna Lawrence has already changed the law in North Carolina and her incredible true story – overcoming near death and tremendous loss and turning it into a triumph – has been made into a film, on DVD Jan. 5th.
This is an amazing story about how one woman (and one dog) are helping to change the world for all animals.
About the film … Based on a moving, true story that led to the successful passing of 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 survivorDonna Lawrence and a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left to die. Realizing neglect and abuse were to blame for the tragic pit bull attack that Donna had endured just 10 months earlier – which nearly claimed her life, caused her to miscarry her baby and left her with the inability to have children – Donna rescues the puppy, naming her Susie. Despite a veterinarian’s recommendation to euthanize the critically injured puppy, Donna raises the funds for Susie’s extensive treatment (daily over the course of two months) and – despite objections from family and friends – welcomes Susie into her home. Together, they learn to heal and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but for all animals, in this incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
Coming on DVD Jan. 5th, sales benefit the Susie’s Hope Nonprofit, a 501(c)(3) charity, to foster awareness of the animal abuse that exists in our nation and to work to end this epidemic. Together, Donna Lawrence & Susie attend events and visit schools, churches and other organizations to tell their story. The charity also produces life-like Susie’s Hope plush animals with embroidered scars, which serve as an educational tool. Susie is the 2014 American Humane Association Therapy Dog and the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog.
Susie’s Hope stars Emmanuelle Vaugier (ABC’s Mistresses, WB’s Two and a Half Men, CBS’ CSI: NY, Saw II, Secondhand Lions, 40 Days and 40 Nights),Burgess Jenkins (CBS’ The Young and the Restless, Lifetime’s Army Wives,The Reaping, Remember the Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twilight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2, Get Low, The Legend of Bagger Vance). The Susie’s Hope soundtrack features recordings by Charlie Daniels(“Susie Q”) and Vince Gill (“Wake up Little Susie”).