ISU veterinary professor helps save puppy rescued from Iowa puppy mill

Dr. Rod Bagley and his golden retriever, Doree, are an inseparable duo. Bagley is an Iowa State veterinary professor. He was part of the team who cared for Doree last fall after she was rescued from a southern Iowa puppy mill.Authorities charged Daniel Gingerich after hundreds of dogs were found malnourished in crates.Doree was one of the worst cases.“She just was emotionally so timid, that she just wouldn’t move,” Bagley said. Doree was physically and emotionally traumatized after spending her entire life, nearly five years, in a cage. “She wouldn’t get up and go. And as a neurologist, I’ve dealt with a lot of animals through my career that aren’t able to walk, but she was different,” Bagley said.Video footage from right after her rescue shows Doree crawling on the ground with no strength to stand. Bagley thinks she didn’t know how. “We just spent a lot of time with her and started out with swimming. And that was her first real activity,” Bagley said. Months in the pool and on an underwater treadmill helped strengthen her limbs. Vet students had to teach Doree how to use her legs. It took two months, but now Doree can walk, run and play. And I think that was part of it, just letting her be a dog,” Bagley said. Doree has become a symbol of hope at Iowa State University. She sometimes visits the veterinary students to give them a little boost on hard days.“She really brings a lot of positive recovery, hope to a lot of people, including us,” Bagley said. Bagley and his family have now adopted Doree, giving her a forever home with a safe haven with the man credited for saving her life.“ My career is to make sure that every animal has a quality, happy life,” Bagley said.

Dr. Rod Bagley and his golden retriever, Doree, are an inseparable duo.

Bagley is an Iowa State veterinary professor. He was part of the team who cared for Doree last fall after she was rescued from a southern Iowa puppy mill.

Authorities charged Daniel Gingerich after hundreds of dogs were found malnourished in crates.

Doree was one of the worst cases.

“She just was emotionally so shy, that she just wouldn’t move,” Bagley said.

Doree was physically and emotionally traumatized after spending her entire life, nearly five years, in a cage.

“She wouldn’t get up and go. And as a neurologist, I’ve dealt with a lot of animals through my career that aren’t able to walk, but she was different,” Bagley said.

Video footage from right after her rescue shows Doree crawling on the ground with no strength to stand. Bagley thinks she didn’t know how.

“We just spent a lot of time with her and started out with swimming. And that was her first real activity,” Bagley said.

Months in the pool and on an underwater treadmill helped strengthen her limbs. Vet students had to teach Doree how to use her legs. It took two months, but now Doree can walk, run and play.

“It’s just the simple things that really make a difference. And I think that was part of it, just letting her be a dog,” Bagley said.

Doree has become a symbol of hope at Iowa State University. She sometimes visits the veterinary students to give them a little boost on hard days.

“She really brings a lot of positive recovery, hope to a lot of people, including us,” Bagley said.

Bagley and his family have now adopted Doree, giving her a forever home with a safe haven with the man credited for saving her life.

“My career is to make sure that every animal has a quality, happy life,” Bagley said.

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