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Dog's survival story highlighted for contest to raise money for shelter

Lt. Tolley and Springer (Source: Emily Flax) Lt. Tolley and Springer (Source: Emily Flax)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A dog with a new name and a new home is in the running to have his story of survival used in a national campaign that will raise awareness for animal shelters.


Tara Johnson was arrested and charged with one count of cruelty to animals and one count of abandonment of an animal. The Australian/Shepherd mix named Springer, was found in a wire crate, severely dehydrated and malnourished, and unable to move his back legs. The dog was taken and placed in the protective care of Lt. Tommy Tolley.

[Click here to see photos of the dog after it was found. WARNING: You may find some of the images disturbing.] 


Lt. Tolley, director of the Brunswick Co. Animal Protection Services, adopted Springer nearly seven months after he was saved from terrible living conditions. Tolley had to wait this long to formally adopt the dog because it was still being held as court evidence. The dog regained its strength at the Brunswick County animal shelter during that time, and was fully rehabilitated.

As you can tell by the pictures, both Springer and Tolley are very happy together. Tolley says Springer's story is perfect for raising awareness for animal shelters.

"He kinda gives you the spirit of what a rescue shelter is all about. You know, some of the get to death's door and, boom, they're sprung into a new life," Tolley said. "He's a lot like what we want many of our dogs to be like. So, we're going to use him to educate and to show what you can find at a shelter."


PetSafe is hosting the Shelter Me Video Contest, in which folks are encouraged to create videos to promote adoption, fostering, spaying/neutering, donating and volunteering at shelters.

The video entry for Springer shows photos of him before and after his recovery, tells how Springer has impacted the shelter and shows what he looks like today. Click here to see the video.

Three videos will be chosen that most effectively raise awareness about animal shelter issues. The prize for first place is $5,000, second place is $3,000 and third place is $2,000. Prize money will be divided between the video's creator and the public shelter of his or her choice.

The first place video will also air on national TV.

Voting begins Nov. 4 and goes until Dec. 20.

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