Miracle... Today

Miracle... Today
Almost a year later, Miracle enjoys a life that if full of love & happiness!!!

You can see Madison in Action... Click Here!

& Here is Another One of Madison... Click Here, Too!!!


Miracle was adopted by one of the staff veterinarians that had cared for her through all of her traumatic surgeries & her painstaking rehabilitation. We may never catch her siblings' killers nor know who did this to her... but we know that she is now safe, is very healthy & extremely well loved.

Madison is very close to 1 year of age now and is settled in quite nicely with her adopting family. She can run & jump & outplay most dogs her age but still needs a special boot on her one feet. She will negotiate a few stairs if she is motivated but has ramps at home that she loves. She recently completed the 2 mile Tear Foundation Fundraiser walk and had a lot of fun with all of the other dogs. She loves to chase her Frisbee in the field and is an excellent retriever! Madison also loves to swim but wears a life jacket "just in case". Just like a small child, she can be difficult to get out of the water to go home. Sometimes, she plays too hard & needs to be carried home. She continues to come to work daily and loves all the attention that she can get.

We want to thank everyone for their support over the past year & attribute her continued success with everyone who supported her & her doctors at OVRS & through the Tear Foundation. Thank you to everyone also who has inquired about Miracle (now Madison) & for sending her & her forever family best wishes!

Miracle continues to thrive in her home!

Miracle is grateful to everyone who helped her... so much so that she will gladly share her favorite toy for a good round of play time!

I am just a baby, why would someone do this to me?

I am just a baby, why would someone do this to me?
At just barely 4 pounds, it takes a coward to do something like this to such a little innocent soul.

Miracle Continues to Recover

Miracle Continues to Recover
Her latest photographs from around Valentine's Day... isn't she pretty in pink?

What a beautiful girl... look how attentive Miracle is.

What a beautiful girl... look how attentive Miracle is.
Thank you for helping me, your support & the doctors' skills are what have saved my life.

Miracle is enjoying her toys & the extra love & round the clock care she gets from her doctors.

Miracle is enjoying her toys & the extra love & round the clock care she gets from her doctors.
Miracle continues to thrive but still will need more surgeries to help her gain the mobility she desperately desire.

Miracle's Christmas 2007... "Won't you continue to be my guardian angel?"

Miracle's Christmas 2007...  "Won't you continue to be my guardian angel?"
This recent photo came from the TEAR Foundation as a thank you for being Miracle's Supporter

Would you teach your children to set me on fire?

Would you teach your children to set me on fire?
Rescued from the fire, Miracle battles on.

Miracle's Body Wounds November 10, 2007

Miracle's Body Wounds November 10, 2007
Don't let another puppy suffer like this... this was done with sheer malice.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Miracle's First Steps... The Heart & Soul of a Lion.

Miracle's First Steps... What can we say? This is a true miracle. After so many days of lying still & fighting her pain & potential infection, our hearts sing with happiness & our eyes flood with tears of joy that little Miracle has made it this far. This is a very promising sign for her. As she continues to heal & continues her surgeries for skin grafts & removing layers of dead skin to help fight infection, we know this... Miracle is a fighter & while she may be a tiny 4+ pounder, her heart is that of a lion... let us roar for her as her voice can not be heard around the world:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Miracle... The Morning After One of Her Surgeries... With Many More to go...

Little Miracle... here you are, still struggling to be free from what was afflicted upon you.
This is an image of Miracle the day after one of her first surgeries. The very long surgery that she endured was to help remove dead skin in order to make way for new skin to form, which helps to prevent infection.
Many people have contacted us and asked what they can do to help Miracle. Besides contributing to her healthcare fund at TEAR foundation & donating to her "Miracle Apprehension Fund", we would ask that you write letters and emails to Michigan officials, to the ASPCA, to the Human Society, to PETA, to tv personalities, to news stations... basically, to anyone who can help on a higher level to help Miracle get the justice she deserves. We need to change Michigan's laws on animal abuse & cruelty for criminals who commit these offenses to felony charges, mandating at least 10 years in prison for these types of attrocious crimes.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Saturday, November 10, 2007... Donate to the Miracle Apprehension Fund & help entice Detroit citizens to identify the arsonist killers

Miracle continues to improve. She is not out of the woods yet. She will need more donations to help her long term care. There are also some new updates to Miracle's story. An annonymous donor has set up a fund to entice people to come forward to identify the arsonist killers. The money from this fund will not be dispensed unless the perpetrators have been positively identified & arrested for the crime, which is not only arson (a felony punishable with jail time) but also for animal cruelty (charge has yet to be brought forth by the human society, this is unfortunately just a misdemeanor, which typically gives a slap on the wrist). The fund has been lovingly named the "Miracle Apprehension Fund". People wishing to donate to this fund to help with the hunt for the suspects can do so by going into the nearest Comerica bank & donating the funds into the account or they can send checks made out to "The Miracle Apprehension Fund" & mail to
The Miracle Apprehension Fund
7351 Roberta Lane
Waterford, MI 48327

The trustee of the account will deposit all checks. If the criminals are not caught & brought to justice, the Miracle Apprehension Fund will be given to Miracle for her care.

Saturday, November 10, 2007... A Letter from the TEAR Foundation

This letter was sent by the TEAR Foundation... The Emergency Animal Relief Foundation (TEAR)... Miracle http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=loofngcab.0.0.crczmzbab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ovrs.com%2F&id=preview The TEAR foundation at The Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is currently dealing with a heartbreaking case. One week ago, a group of teenagers took a litter of puppies into an abandoned house in Detroit. The puppies were hog-tied, and the house was set on fire. A neighbor saw a group of kids running out of the house screaming "fire". Sadly, all of the puppies perished except for one 8 week old female, rescuers later named "Miracle" because they truly felt that it was a miracle she survived. Miracle was taken to The Oakland Veterinary Referral Services for much needed 24 hour intensive critical care and treatment of her burns. Miracle suffered burns over approximately 80% of her body. The following link from WXYZ Channel 7 in Detroit tells the story. Click here for "Miracle's" News http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=loofngcab.0.0.crczmzbab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wxyz.com%2Fmostpopular%2Fstory.aspx%3Fcontent_id%3Deb070cb7-8b05-4262-8415-2bc5b5fa4f30&id=preview The specialists at OVRS tell us Miracle is doing great and is making progress every day. She is still receiving pain medications, antibiotics, IV fluids and we are closely monitoring her burns. She is now able to eat on her own. Her prognosis may change on a day by day basis but we are pleased with her response to care thus far. Her treatment is likely to take several weeks and could involve surgical intervention. Miracle's story made us all want to reach out and help her and this is why the TEAR foundation decided to fund her care.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Friday, November 9, 2007

More information on what the police are doing... We called the Detroit Police Department responsible for the area in question where Miracle & her siblings were set on fire. When we asked for the person who might be able to give us an answer as to what the police are doing, the woman on the phone told us to call animal control. When we politely said "no, we would like to find out how the investigation is going & what has been done to find the people who did this", the woman answered with "I'm gonna do this, call animal control. You all set" and then she hung up on us. While this was rude & unprofessional, we continued our search for answers to the Detroit Arson Division where we spoke to a captain who said that while it "wasn't a big thing" there was someone looking into it & that person was off today. We thought "big thing"? I guess to him, puppies lives' are worthless. We were pleased that he recognized that people that do this to animals, do this to people. But, still... how does that relate to his comment of not being a "big thing"? We did eventually speak to someone who was able to give us a little more information from the police department. We now know that the police only have one eye witness, a neighbor. This eye witness said that they were young black males. Which does not help since the police gave the statistic that 90% of Detroit are African American. They also said that they can only speculate at this time since there is no solid evidence & most people within the neighborhoods of Detroit do not want to help police nor do they want to offer any leads. If the community doesn't cooperate with the police, they have their hands tied.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Please click on this link to see a video feed of Miracle that was taken at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services: http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/14516927/index.html This afternoon we spoke with the Oakland Veterinary Referral Services (OVRS) Clinic & are happy to report that Miracle is still hanging in there. She is not fully out of the woods yet, however. The veterinarians' major concern is dealing with infection. Miracle is free from pain, breathing on her own & eating on her own. We also learned that Miracle was out three days without medical attention, which is truly a miracle already. TEAR foundation, which is part of OVRS, reports an incredible amount of nationwide support for Miracle. While it took a few teenagers to do something so horrendous to five helpless little creatures, let us hope that it pulls a nationwide congregation of people together to help Miracle recover & petition the Detroit Police Department to put out a warrant. Keep fighting Miracle, we are right beside you!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

At 8 wks old, this is a terrible plight for one little Miracle

Little Miracle... Veterinarians are trying to save this little puppy, the sole survivor of a litter of five, which killed all four of her littermates on Saturday night, November 3, 2007 in an arson at an abandoned home on the west side of Detroit.
Neighbors reported that a group of teens took the puppies into the abandoned home on the 7400 block of Faust and fled after setting a fire, said Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Halfacer. Neighbors also recount hearing them yelling "fire, fire". Some of the puppies were found hog-tied. "It was really sad and disgusting," said Halfacer, who came up with the name Miracle.
After Detroit firefighters pulled 2-month-old Miracle from the burning house, Halfacer took the puppy to a shelter in Oakland County, where she volunteers, which is called Almost Home Animal Rescue. On Sunday, Almost Home Animal Rescue moved the bandaged puppy to Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills. Veterinarians said Miracle has first, second and third degree burns to 60% of her body.
"Right now her chances are somewhat guarded," Dr. Karen Fidell, a veterinarian, said Monday. "It's 50-50 at best. She's been treated for some very serious burns." The fire and animal abuse are under investigation.
Anyone wishing to donate to Miracle's care can call the veterinary services emergency relief number, which is 248-334-6877. Her initial care is being funded by The Emergency Animal Relief (TEAR)Foundation.
They need donations to help pay for Miracle's extensive treatment.
If you would like to help Miracle with a donation, you can send checks to:
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
1400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Call them directly at 248-334-6877 to use your credit card since they are not set up for paypal.
Here are several news articles regarding Miracle's plight: