Abused stray who was shot 17 times becomes therapy dog

Despite being subject to horrific cases of cruelty including having her ear severed off and being shot 17 times, Maggie the pooch has won the hearts of thousands with her incredible inner strength.

The five-year-old was rescued from Labanon last Christmas – she was found living on the street while pregnant, blind, missing an ear and with several bullet wounds.

After a vigorous rehabilitation period at the hands of animal welfare group Wild At Heart, Maggie showed her adorable, loving and bubbly nature, and began her training to become an assistance animal.

In a heartwarming post to her Instagram page on July 1, it was revealed she had passed a test to become a registered therapy dog.

Maggie has embraced her new life as a "Cute Happy Disabled Rescue Dog". Source: Instagram/maggiethewunderdog

“Guess what? I am now a registered therapy dog! Do you think I’ll be able to make people happy?,” the post said.

The post, believed to have been written by her owner Kasey Carline, 25, then detailed her “unconditionally loving” heart and calming personality.

“Her story catches the hearts of many and reminds us all of our inner strength,” it read.

She said the pair would visit schools to speak with students and share her story now that she was a verified therapy pooch with Underdog International.

Maggie is completely blind and lives with one ear, but still loves life. Source: Instagram/maggiethewunderdog

Maggie lives in Brighton, in the UK, with Ms Carlin and her rescue husky Mishka, according to The Sun.

Ms Carlin heard about Maggie through the Wild At Heart Foundation and knew instantly she wanted to give her a loving home.

“She’s so energetic and bubbly. She must have been in agony with all she’s been through but she’s so loving,” she said.

Maggie’s Instagram page has 93,000 followers and documents her new life as a “Cute Happy Disabled Rescue Dog”.

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