Rescued dog helping with addiction recovery

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The past month has been an eventful one for a German Shepard mix named Shep. He was rescued from a hoarding situation in Lawrence County and brought to Paws 4 the Cause Rescue in Lexington.

"His whole body was probably hit by a car. His hip was shattered," said Anita Spreitzer with Paws 4 the Cause.

Doctors believe he suffered heavy injuries and never saw a vet.

"He was barely able to stand up so we were having to carry him everywhere we went," Evan Rice said.

Rice and his wife are fostering Shep. He's also a volunteer at the Shepherd's House in Lexington.

The facility is a long-term recovery residence for men with addiction issues.

One day Rice took Shep with him when he stopped in to help and one of the men living at the house carried the dog outside to use the bathroom.

"Another man asked a question about the dog and he said 'It’s the broken helping the broken,' and then it dawned on us we need to keep this dog," said Jerod Thomas with Shepherd's House

Those men have been helping to care for Shep as he heals.

"These are guys who are rebuilding their lives, who are looking for another chance at life and that’s exactly why these dogs through Paws 4 the Cause are looking for as well," Rice said.

Spreitzer says so far they’ve spent about $800 on Shep's care. She anticipates the final tally will end up costing more than $1000. They are hoping to raise enough money to offset that and give him to the Shepherd's House at no cost. He's not the first special needs animal they've helped out.

"These guys would die in a shelter. They would euthanize them," Spreitzer

So now, as Shep heals, he's helping heal others.

"I tried to figure it out Shep needs us more or do we need Shep more," Thomas said.

If you would like to donate to Shep's care you can visit

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