Also pledges $2,500 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case
Leoma, Tennessee (November 16, 2010) – United Animal Nations (UAN), a national animal protection nonprofit based in California, is helping a Lawrence County, Tennessee family pay for veterinary care for their dog, Magic, who was severely injured in a drive-by shooting at their home last week. UAN will also award $2,500 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the shooting.
A beloved family pet, Magic was senselessly attacked by a drive-by shooter in her own yard last week.
When the Beaulieu family returned home from church on the evening of November 10, they let their four dogs into the yard. They called them inside a few minutes later but Magic did not come. They found her lying motionless in the driveway and rushed her to Shoal Creek Animal Hospital in Lawrenceburg, where veterinarians determined that she had been shot, had pellets embedded close to her spine and may not be able to walk again. Magic is receiving anti-inflammatory medication and fluids and will be reassessed in a few days.
Hope Beaulieu’s husband is laid off and the couple is struggling to provide for their four children, one grandchild and four dogs. UAN issued a $300 LifeLine Grant to help the family afford Magic’s veterinary care and pledged the $2,500 reward to encourage witnesses to come forward.
“Everyone at United Animal Nations is deeply saddened that someone would harm an innocent pet, and we hope our involvement will help save Magic’s life and encourage someone who knows more about this senseless act of cruelty to inform the local police,” said UAN President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Violence toward animals is often a precursor to violence toward people, so the residents of
Magic ‘s family visits her often at the vet hospital. Watch one of their recent visits on YouTube.
The Beaulieus rescued Magic as a puppy in 2005 after finding her lying in a ditch covered in ticks. “She has been an awesome dog and friend to our whole family since,” Hope Beaulieu said.
So far in 2010, UAN has awarded more than $64,334 in LifeLine Grants to help 453 animals receive lifesaving veterinary care. Applications for LifeLine Grants have increased by 73 percent in the last two years. UAN received a record 2,466 applications in 2009 and approved approximately 21 percent of them. UAN received 2,128 applications in 2008 and 1,428 in 2007.
If you have information about this case, please call the Lawrenceburg Police Department at (931) 762-0450.
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United Animal Nations (UAN) focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at www.uan.org