About the movie:
Based on the true story that successfully passed 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 survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
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Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!
My family loves animals so when I had the chance to receive this movie and my oldest was like, yes, I want to watch it I knew I’d like to review it. That said, this is a great movie although it’s quite a tear-jerking movie so make sure you have tissues ready and if you have extra sensitive children then maybe watching first yourself would be a good idea. The whole family watched this movie, including my almost 13 year old, 10 year old very sensitive child and 8 year old – we were pulled into the story as two friends know of a dog who is suspected of being abused. One night, the friends go to check on the dog and find him left without food and out of reach of his empty water bowl – the dog appears friendly so Donna returns the next morning to give the dog more water and food. Unfortunately, something has conditioned the dog at the sight of a water hose and he attacks Donna – this scene showed ‘blood’ and did show the dog bite Donna’s leg, she then stumbles down the street where her friend finds her and rushes her to the hospital.
I’m not going to give away the whole movie, I will say there are moments of heartbreak because of the dog attack Donna suffers massive injuries and complications, her husband blames her friend and becomes angry at everything. When Donna and her friend find Susie her husband doesn’t understand why she’d want to help a pit bull mix in it’s healing. There is also one brief scene where the husband and his friend is in the bar and shows them taking a sip of beer, I know I have some readers who would appreciate knowing that. My children handled the whole movie very well, of course they can’t believe that there are people who would do what was done to Susie out there, even after the dogs we took in killed our guinea pigs, we did not beat them or abuse them. We all enjoyed the outcome which was stricter laws in North Carolina in regards to animal neglect and abuse and Susie’s abuser was given jail time for his acts of cruelty but only because Susie was regarded as another person’s property. Overall, a great movie and one we’ll more than likely watch a few more times when we need a heart tugging movie that also makes one feel good and want to help out.
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