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TV Movie Goodness Preview: UP TV’s Susie’s Hope [VIDEO and PHOTOS] 

Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television

[Warning: General spoilers in images, article, and preview.]

If you’ve read me a while (thank you!), you know that animals of all shapes and sizes are my great loves, and one of those loves was a Pit Bull-Lab mix who was, honestly, the best dog ever. And he wasn’t an exception for the breed. Pit Bulls are terrific and loving, and I am forever going to be their staunch defender. I lay their bad rap, and reputation, squarely at the feet of cruel owners, crappy breeders, and criminals running them for dog fights. Tonight, UP Television backs me up on that and gets serious with the network premiere of Susie’s Hope.

The film is based on the true story of a North Carolina woman who was mauled by an abused Pit Bull and then turned around and adopted another one who was herself a victim of terrible abuse. It’s initially not a warm and fuzzy story, and it shouldn’t be. Animal abuse needs human voices, and if one person watches this movie and gets it, or changes their behavior or someone else’s, that’s something. It probably wouldn’t be a terrible idea for parents to pre-watch this for content, and then watch it with their kids so they can be ready when there are questions.

Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television

Here’s the official logline: An extraordinary story based on true events, Susie’s Hope follows a family who triumphs over tragedy and changes lives in their community.  A survivor of a horrific pit bull attack, Donna Lawrence (Lost Girl‘s Emmanuelle Vaugier) adopts a pit bull-mix puppy, Susie, who has been beaten, set on fire and left for dead. Together they learn to heal, love, and forgive as they lead a historic effort to see justice and protection for all animals. The cast also includes Burgess Jenkins (The Young and the Restless) and Andrea Powell (The Gates).

Photo Credit: UP Television
Photo Credit: UP Television

Real-life Susie works today as a therapy dog. She is the 2014 Therapy Dog winner in The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards and is a national finalist for the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.  You can vote for Susie here.

Susie’s Hope airs three times tonight on UP Television — at 8/7c and 10/9c, and midnight/11c. Here is a sneak peek. You can also see behind-the-scenes videos of how the movie came together in North Carolina on Susie’s YouTube Channel.

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1 Comment

  1. Eileen Fay

    You are so right about pit bulls. Like all dogs, they are as good as people let them be. As a lifelong animal advocate, although I work mostly on wildlife issues, I love and admire dogs beyond anything that is reasonable. 😉 My childhood wish was to have enough land and resources that I could take all the animals from the local pound home with me and live together in safety and love. (Actually, I still wish that, but sadly, poverty makes it impossible even to adopt one dog at this time. Heart-breaking. I don’t know why everyone with sufficient money does not open their hearts to all the sad abandoned pets out there, dogs, cats, everything.)

    Regarding pit bulls, those evil individual humans who force them into a life of fighting, pain, and death should be given capital punishment, in my opinion. I am normally a “bleeding-heart liberal,” but causing such misery to precious, loyal, loving dogs deserves at least life imprisonment. If the evildoers could reform and learn to care for dogs, that would be great, but the suffering they cause is so appalling that I would be tempted to shoot the blackguards on the spot, if I could.

    Okay, everybody, get out there and rescue as many dogs and/or cats as you can manage! Never frequent puppy mills, and force your Congresspeople, mayors, etc. to pass tougher felony laws against the stinkers who hurt animals!

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