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An adorable therapy pooch who was used as 'target practice' by her cruel previous owners has been reunited with one of her favourite residents at a local care home.
Maggie was found in Lebanon after suffering years of horrific abuse that left her blind with a broken jaw and only one ear.
Opening up about Maggie's ordeal, her owner Kasey Carlin told Today: "They used a BB gun and used her as target practice.
"They had tied her up and shot her. She has about 200 pellets from her nose to her chest and some in her shoulders, but they're all concentrated in her face."
Thankfully, Maggie was rescued by charity Wild At Heart Foundation and, after her story became known, adopted by animal-lover called Kasey who took her into her home in Brighton.
After everything she'd been through, Kasey thought her new pet would make an ideal therapy dog helping humans in need and got her signed up for training - and in July 2019 she passed, becoming a fully qualified therapy dog.
Maggie mainly works with people who have dementia, but has also visited police officers, firefighters and schoolchildren.
However, when the pandemic hit Maggie wasn't able to visit care homes like she used to.
Now, as restrictions ease, Maggie is back out and about helping those who need her and was recently taken to a care home to visit one of her most favourite residents.
Speaking to Today, Kasey said: "Even after a year of lockdown - she hasn't seen Anne - when we went to go see her, she knew exactly where she was going.
"She's completely blind, but she'll lead you straight to Anne's room first and then she can go see other residents.
"She just wants to love everyone."
Casey shares Maggie's incredible story online, and hopes it will inspire people to consider adopting pets that are often overlooked - such as older dogs or ones with disabilities.
She said: "Nobody wanted Maggie, and now she's got half a million people that would take her in an instant if I offered her up because she's a good dog.
"Every dog is a good dog. You just have to work with them, understand their limits, respect those limits and build that bond. Then they're good dogs.
"Maggie does all this good, and she's just being herself."
You can follow Maggie on Instagram here.