Dog tale filming in Winston-Salem warms hearts

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The star of a new movie being shot in Winston-Salem Friday wandered backstage posing with cast and crew for photos commemorating the last day of filming, and wagging her tail.

Susie – a vibrant 3-year-old pit bull mix from Greensboro who survived a brutal attack as a puppy – is the focus of “Susie,” a movie with a cast and crew that was predominantly local. It was all to tell the story of how Susie bounced back from near-death, and inspired changes in laws about how animal cruelty is punished.

In August of 2009, Susie – then about 10 weeks old – was found badly injured and burned in a Greensboro park. She had been beaten and set on fire, suffering a broken jaw and second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body, including her ears, which were burned off. Her wounds were covered in maggots, something that veterinarians say ultimately saved her life since they ate away at infected tissue.

But she was nursed back to health at the Guilford County Animal Shelter and later adopted by Donna Lawrence, a hair salon owner from High Point. Susie’s story of survival has been told in several books and on the website

And she inspired N.C. Senate Bill 254, known as “Susie’s Law,” which strengthened punishments for animal abuse.

Despite her mistreatment, Susie has gone on to be an inspiration to those around her, demonstrating forgiveness and enthusiasm.

This article was written by Tim Clodfelter and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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