Greensboro, NC -- Back in August 2009, the Triad met a dog that would change the face of animal treatment in our state.
Someone found the three-month-old puppy in a Greensboro park. She had been beaten, burned, and left for dead. Someone found her and took her to the Guilford County Animal Shelter, and after a lot of T.L.C, Susie, and her 'mom' Donna Laurence are making a difference today.
After Donna adopted Susie, she and a group of people in the Triad led the charge to get state laws changed. They said they felt the penalty for animal cruelty wasn't strict enough to prevent abusive behavior.
That led to Susie's law, which then-Governor Bev Perdue signed into law in June of 2010. Now, animal cruelty charges are no longer a misdemeanor and can include jail time.
Susie's story has since brought more awareness to all kinds of animal cruetly awareness.
Since then, Susie has become sort of a celebrity of sorts. She's got a movie, books, a stuffed animal, and more! The portions of the proceeds from Susie's projects benefit Susie's Hope.
WFMY News 2