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Good Samaritan helps abandoned dog in need of care

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A little dog abandoned by her owners now has a chance to find a new family thanks to several volunteers who came together.

The story actually began months ago when a dog-loving paramedic saw the little pup in need and decided to help.

At 1 1/2 years old, Sadie has lived a rough life.

"A couple of months ago, someone noticed her scrounging for food near garbage," said Laura Love, with Labor of Love Animal Welfare Project.

That's when the Nashville paramedic started feeding Sadie, hoping eventually to save her life. She then called Love for help.

"A dog like Sadie, who has been abused and is afraid of human contact, is a challenge to establish trust when they know nothing but fear. Consistency helped," Love said.

Labor of Love Animal Welfare Project was able to jump in and help because Sadie was sick. Her skin was in bad shape, she had worms and a heart murmur.

Now, a few weeks into her rehab, Sadie is already starting to perk up, and Love said there's a lesson we can all take away from this story of recovery.

It all started with that paramedic we mentioned earlier.

"Because she took the time to do that, this little girl will have chance at life she didn't have before," Love said. "If everyone just takes a minute to do what they can, we can help so much more."

Sadie will need a new home once she's done healing up, which Love said will likely take a few more months. And she is not the only dog the group is working to rehabilitate.

It's an expensive process, and Love said they'll take all the help they can get. Labor of Love Animal Welfare Project hopes to raise $3,500 for Sadie's treatment in the next 13 days.

If you want to contribute, visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/saving-sadie.

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