This week will mark one year since Manitobans discovered the horrifying story about Asha the puppy.
In July of last year, a video surfaced of a puppy being hurled in to the air, landing on the pavement, yelping in agonizing pain.
RCMP investigated the case of animal cruelty and arrested an 18-year-old man from Easterville, Man. who was later sentenced and spent six months behind bars and is now under a two year supervised probation.
Asha had lost the use of her back legs and suffered spinal injuries following the brutal violence.
Manitoba Underdogs Rescue, a local animal rescue organization, picked Asha up soon after and supported her, nursing her back to health.
Chantalle Gauthier is a volunteer with the rescue group and a dog lover herself. She said the solution was simple for her and she chose to foster Asha until she could hopefully become hers one day.
In September of last year, Asha officially moved in with Gauthier and now, almost a year later, she’s enjoying life in this new chapter.
“She’s come a long way; she’s fine. I don’t think she has any recollection of it whatsoever,” Gauthier said.
Gauthier said Asha has a furry sibling named Shimmer and two owners who love her and plan to keep her safe forever.
As for the 18-year-old who brutally harmed Asha, he may be out now, but Gauthier said that doesn’t worry her and she’s quite happy a new precedent was set around charges for animal cruelty following what happened to Asha.
“Usually nothing really happens except for a slap on a wrist. So, for him to have received jail time is a huge step, a huge announcement that it’s not being tolerated,” Gauthier said.
In September, Manitoba Underdogs Rescue will be going to Easterville, the town Asha was in before, to host a spay and neuter clinic.