Susie, abused dog that inspired NC law, nominated for award

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — The abused Greensboro dog that inspired “Susie’s Law” in North Carolina has been nominated for a national award.

Susie has been nominated in the 2014 Therapy Dog category of the American Humane Association Hero Dog award.

Voting is submitted online and ends Monday. Click here to cast a vote.

Susie’s Law made animal cruelty a low-level felony and allows judges to sentence offenders to jail in certain cases. It went into effect in 2010.

The law passed after a court sentenced a man in 2009 to probation for setting his girlfriend’s dog, Susie, on fire.

North Carolina citizens became outraged and contacted their state representatives, urging for tougher penalties.

Susie was found with severe second and third-degree burns over most of her body in Greenfield Park in south Greensboro.

Her ears were burned off and she had a broken jaw and teeth.

Susie was taken to the Guilford County Animal Shelter and eventually adopted by Donna and Roy Lawrence.

Susie has since become a certified therapy dog. She goes to schools, hospitals and churches to bring messages of kindness, respect and responsibility to children and adults.

Donna Lawrence and Susie visited the FOX8 studios in High Point on Tuesday to explain more about the contest. Check it out in the video below.


  • nono

    A person can be jailed for abuse to an animal but the murder of unborn children rages on unchecked.

  • Thomas Noell

    Had the pleasure of meeting Susie and Donna at an animal welfare event in Eden in the summer of 2010. Thanks to their inspirational story, I try to volunteer in animal welfare facilities and even adopted a Susie-look-alike from my local shelter (Pit Bull Mix) in March of 2013. Thank you both for all that you do to bring awareness of to animal cruelty and for giving us an opportunity to see the different, and lovable, side of pit bulls that are needlessly feared by many in our society.

  • Lynn Bemer Coble

    Susie and Donna Smith Lawrence have done so much for animal rights in North Carolina. Susie’s and Donna’s stories have inspired three children’s books and an upcoming autobiography of Donna Smith Lawrence’s life that will give even more details of all of Donna’s life, Donna’s attack by her former neighbor’s pit bull, Susie’s attack, and all that they have accomplished since then and that they are continuing to accomplish. Donna’s three children’s books are all available for sale on and on Proceeds from the sales of these three books go to the Susie’s Hope(TM) nonprofit organization. Through their nonprofit organization, Donna, Susie, and Baby Girl all go to speaking engagements at schools, churches, and civic organizations. Donna educates listeners about the responsibilities of pet ownership, being safe around unfamiliar animals, and animal-rights activism and all of the many ways that listeners can get involved to help with animals. You can Like “Susie’s Hope” and “Meet the Author: Donna Smith Lawrence” on Facebook to follow what Donna and Susie are doing with their nonprofit organization and when Donna’s autobiography will be available for sale. Susie and Donna have created a legacy that will impact animals in North Carolina and nationwide for decades to come. Congratulations to both of them for all of their hard work.

  • Ratt Mann

    I’m not a violent person. However, I’d like to beat that guy to within an inch of his worthless life. What kind of person burns and beats a dog? Pure evil.

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