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Posted on Mar 13, 2012

Marshall in the hoarder's pen

Marshall was rescued in September 2010 in response to an animal hoarder whose children wrote to Animal Planet about her “problem” for their show “Confessions: Animal Hoarding.” Over 60 dogs were found living in an abandoned property in Marshall, Missouri. Marshall being one.

It is impossible to tell if Marshall was one of the dogs she stole from someone’s backyard, which she admitted to doing, or if Marshall was conceived in the “pen” by some of the other dogs. At the time of the rescue, Marshall was found to be in the worst shape of all. He had been obviously attacked by other dogs, probably over food (or lack thereof), and had bite marks all over his body, a broken front leg, and a hole the size of a tennis ball on the side of his face. Animal Planet called in the help of the Humane Society of Missouri for the rescue efforts, and all dogs were saved, cared for, and eventually adopted to Forever Homes.

After dying on the operating table and being resuscitated by Dr Schwartz and his medical team, they sewed up Marshall’s face but had to amputate his badly infected front leg. They rehabilitated Marshall and two months later when he was ready for adoption.

Marshall with Dr. Schwartz

Cyndi came a across the Humane Society’s Internet video about Marshall. She thought, “who would ever adopt a 2 year old dog with a missing leg and 3-inch scar on his face when there are countless healthy puppies and dogs available?”

A week later Marshall hopped in to Cyndi’s life. She was clueless what to what with a special dog like Marshall and quite honestly was scared to death of failing him. However, Marshall showed Cyndi how to raise and take care of him! And with some changes to her house, like throw rugs so he does not slip and a new found patience with herself as he is slower than his four legged brother Mooshy, in no time Marshall was acclimated to his new home.

Marshall going for a run with his forever mom, Cyndi

Cyndi is constantly amazed at how joyful, tender, and trusting Marshall became—almost immediately—after finding a loving home, with little to no evidence of his former abuse other than his missing limb and obvious scar on his face. But, at night he would have nightmares and he would start crying and “running” in his sleep. Mooshy and Cyndi would soothe him knowing, on some level, he remembers.

Now, Marshall knows he has a job to do. That job is to give back, and share his courage and his strong will to overcome his abuse and neglect. To reassure children (and adults) that we all matter, we all have a light that wants and needs to shine, and that there is a hero in all of us.

Marshall is a reminder to not give up five minutes before the Miracle.