About the movie: Run time 105 minutes
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 thyey 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.
Watch and share the Susie’s Hope trailer here!
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!
Check out and share Susie’s Hero Dog Award Video here!
This website is a GREAT resource for all things Susie / Susie’s Hope related
First and foremost, I just want to say God bless this dog and her owner. For finding one another when they did and how they did. It truly is a miracle in itself. I personally and truly think they were meant to be together and meant to walk the path they have journeyed down these last few years together.
I had not heard of Susie before I watched this movie and read the provided information sent to me for my review. So I didn’t know much about her, let alone her owner. Just basically that something had happened to her and the movie was based on a true story. I love movies based on true stories, so I looked forward to watching this one.
The movie was wonderful. When Susie was found burned and beaten alive, I cried. There is no way possible anyone can hold back tears while trying to watch that scene, let alone the scenes inside of the vet hospital. It made me want to take Susie into my arms and just give her a great big hug.
The end of the movie also got to me when the credits started playing. I love that they provided real life pictures of both Donna and Susie. To see real pictures put it all into perspective for me. From the time Donna was viciously attacked by a pit bull to the moments Susie was found burned and beaten alive. I’m so glad Susie’s Law now exists.
I have never been a fan of people who abuse and neglect animals. Growing up, our pets had to be kept outside on a chain and then were eventually moved to a cage. Being so young, I didn’t think much of these things. Now that I am older and much wiser, I look back on those years and wish the dogs I grew up with and loved had been treated better. I did sneak them in the house on several occasions but ended up in trouble over it. They are all 3 long gone now but I haven’t forgotten about them. To see how they were treated has made me decide that when we get a dog, he or she WILL be kept indoors WITH the family. My husband even agrees with me on this which to me is a major plus.
No one in this world deserves to be beaten, abused or neglected. Seeing the pit bull attack Donna in this movie brought a memory back that I have tried to forget for a long time. When I was around 14 I believe, my oldest sister owned an albino pit bull named Sadie. She was the most loving dog you could ever meet. One day, while my sister, my niece who was very little and myself were in the living room, Sadie just up and started snarling and growling. She had one of them trapped in a corner and was starting to nip at them. I’m not sure how or what calmed her down but I knew that from that day on, she wouldn’t be around anymore. The fact that she snarled and growled at a toddler was frightening. Shortly down the road, we ended up finding out that my sisters boyfriend had been feeding her raw meat and was trying to train her to fight. Luckily, this same guy is no longer in the picture and Sadie was given to a breeder/trainer in hopes that she may calm down and if it happened again, someone was trained enough to do something about it. It was a scary experience, indeed. She didn’t deserve any of what was done to her but we also didn’t want to take the chance of her ever hurting a toddler or any of us.
Susie and Donna have given me hope that good people and animals exist and that people out there still want to do something about the abuse and neglect of animals. Thank you Donna and Susie for giving all abused and neglected animals a voice!
One of my readers will get their very own copy of Susie’s Hope DVD.
Enter via the RC below.
Starts 11/29 and ends 12/10.