"Hope" the three legged dog wins hero award

One special valley dog does it all while battling a disability. Now a non-profit is honoring all the work this pup does for the community.

Hope, the three-legged poodle has been named Hero Dog of the Year, by the non-profit group, Friends of Animal Care and Control.

"We wanted to showcase how the shelters are full of animals with great skills and abilities... one of the ways that we raise money for our program is through our annual show called the Hero Awards," said Leanna Taylor." said Leanna Taylor.

Hope lost her legs a few years back.

"She was hit by a speeding car right in front of our house, and she nearly lost her life," said Pam Reinke.

But Hope hasn't let that keep her down, she was a top candidate this year for helping the community.

"She's pretty special, she's a hero in many ways... we visit a special needs school for Gabriel's Angels, and the Hospital Hospice of the Valley," she said.

"She'll stay at the patients bedside for as long as it takes," said Reinke.

Aside from her community service work, she moonlights as an actress. She has performed in more than 50 productions of Annie as "Sandy."

"We're very honored to get this award if anyone deserves it, it's Hope," she said.

"She's the Hero Dog of 2015," said Taylor.

The actual awards ceremony is scheduled for February 28, if you'd like to donate to the group or to learn more visit: www.saveshelterpets.org 
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