Thank you Greenleaf and Associates for sending us a screener to watch!
Susie’s Hope is based on a true story about the origin of North Carolina’s House Bill 1609 (dubbed Susie’s law) that authorizes up to ten months of jail time for people found guilty of cruelty to animals. The movie begins with Donna and Roy Lawrence playfully bickering over the gender of their first unborn baby. Since they don’t have kids yet, their gray poodle named Baby Girl is treated as one. She is quite pampered and is dressed up in unique outfits with tiaras for various events.
Despite it annoying her husband, Donna has a soft heart for animals that are neglected in her neighborhood. Donna and her friend Ramona started taking care of a pit bull nearby that was malnourished and tied to a tree for several days. After days successfully caring for it, Donna was brutally attacked by this dog and barely survived. Thankfully she was able to break free and managed to meet Ramona who took her in the hospital in the nick of time. The wounds were severe enough for Donna to lose her baby and any chance of getting pregnant again.
Both Donna and her husband mourned the loss of their unborn child, but Donna wished that her life was taken as well. She wondered why God spared her and what the purpose of her life was. Donna found her answer at a playground when she was taking a walk with Ramona. In the grass was a mangled puppy that they thought was dead. Surprisingly, it was still alive and was taken to the Guilford County Animal Shelter where they worked around the clock to treat the third degree burns, broken jaw, and hundreds of maggots found on the puppy.
Putting the puppy out of its misery would have been easier and less expensive, but Donna sensed that this pit-bull mix puppy was a fighter and deserved a chance at a better life. Without talking to her friend or husband first, she volunteered to pay for the $17,000 medical expenses to save the dog and was convinced that God would provide a way to have it funded.
Donna named the puppy Susie and she made headlines in the papers and was on the evening news. Generous donations were made to the animal shelter to help offset the medical costs. The next step was to bring justice to the man who beat and burned this puppy alive. Although he was brought to court, the North Carolina laws at the time were not strict enough to enforce jail time.
While the man responsible was put in jail, I’ll leave the details out so you can enjoy this family friendly movie for yourself. No animals were injured in the making of this film and the budget is low enough where you can tell that the injured puppy is an animatronic. It is cool that Susie does star in this movie as herself. The rest of the cast is relatively unknown with the exception of Jon Provost who played Timmy in Lassie. All of the cast did an excellent job in telling this story about faith, hope, and love. It’s available on Amazon for $15 on blu-ray or free to watch with your Prime membership.
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