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Wisconsin family fosters dog from Qatar

April 6, 2019
From left: Town of Beloit Police Department Lt. Bryan Hassee, wife Brandi and A Promise of Hope associate Paula Copper pose in Beloit, Wis.,with Gemma, a puppy rescued from Qatar after she suffered chemical burns in an unknown incident. She was found wandering around an industrial park in the Persian Gulf country. She was brought to the U.S. recently and is undergoing treatment through University of Wisconsin - Madison. (Austin Montgomery/The Beloit Daily News via AP)

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — From Doha to the Town of Beloit, with love.

That’s what awaited Gemma, a pup that was saved thanks to the sponsorship of Beloit-based animal rescue A Promise Of Love. She was taken in by Town of Beloit Police Department Lt. Bryan Hasse and wife Brandi Hasse, and in recent weeks the “Doha Dog” has been adjusting to stateside life as part of a long-term foster agreement.

She has severe injuries from possible chemical burns. She was picked up at an industrial park in the Persian Gulf country, and it’s unclear exactly how she was hurt, the Beloit Daily News reported.

The Hasse family, already large with three teenagers and two big dogs, grew a bit bigger. Bryan Hasse said at first he was a bit nervous about Gemma’s adjustment to the home, but all fears were washed away when she came bounding in the house after traveling from Qatar to Chicago via O’Hare International Airport.

Gemma is undergoing extensive treatment and is set to have bone, skin and fur replacement. Help will come from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Care hospital, along with a fur donation from a Seattle-based company. UWM doctors will 3D print a section of plastic to repair a hole in Gemma’s snout from the severe caustic burns.

“I was a bit apprehensive at first but when I first saw her I couldn’t believe what kind of shape she was in, within five minutes of her getting in the house I fell in love with her,” Bryan Hasse said.

“She’s just pure love,” Brandi Hasse added. “We are the ones that are lucky. People keep saying she’s lucky to have found us, but in our family we are all big animal lovers. She fits right in.”

Gemma is one of many dogs that have been rescued by A Promise Of Love, with animals coming from place like Mexico and Thailand.

“I believe strongly that animals have no borders, so when help is needed like this, someone has to step up,” said Paula Copper with A Promise of Love.

The organization will hold a fundraiser at Palpables of Beloit on April 27 for a murder mystery investigation and 1950s diner experience, along with raffle baskets, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

To monitor Gemma’s continued progress, search Gemma’s Journey on Facebook. There, people can donate to a GoFundMe campaign to help aid with her rehabilitation.

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Information from: Beloit Daily News, http://www.beloitdailynews.com