Rescued Dog Becomes Ambassador For Bullying

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Marshall the “Miracle Dog” has quite a story. The scars on his face and the wound from his amputated leg are just the beginning. He was rescued by the Missouri Humane Society from an animal hoarder with more than 60 other dogs in 2010. His new owner Cyndi Willenbrock stopped by Fontbonne University on Monday to share Marshall’s story of survival.

"He was probably attacked during feeding by some of the more aggressive dogs resulting in a horrible infection. That's why he lost his front leg and has a huge scar on the side of his face," said Willenbrock.

Willenbrock says she knew her new dog had a purpose. She started to write, suddenly there was a book and the Marshall movement became a reality.

"I would see him having his nightmares. I decided to start writing his story. When I was done and I re-read the story I thought that's why you fought so hard to survive. You want to carry your message of antiviolence, anti bullying about kindness respect towards each other," she said.

Marshall also serves as therapy dog at hospitals and is taken to detention centers to help kids talk about their issues with bullying, self esteem and disabilities throughout the St. Louis Metro.

"The St. Louis Cardinals just got behind a Marshall bullying prevention night at the ball park September 10th. There's a Marshall inside of all of us that place of inadequacy that place of not feeling enough and maybe worry about being accepted exactly as you are," she said.

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