A woman who underwent a horrifying incident resulting in the loss of one eye due to a gunshot wound is finding inspiration from an adorable puppy who, coincidentally, also has only one eye.
As stated by Maria Williamson from Mobile, Alabama, she shared with ABC News today, “Bear lost his eye after being bitten by a larger dog, so our stories are quite similar. Bear serves as a reminder to me that anyone can endure terrible things. We have a great bond, and he enjoys playing.”
Williamson, 26, recounted that on June 28, while waiting at a red light, she was shot in the face during an attempted robbery, which led to the loss of her right eye in this dreadful tragedy.
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Seven young gang members have been arrested and are now facing charges of attempted murder, firing into an occupied car, and attempted carjacking, according to Williamson. She stated, “They claimed they were robbing me when they called the police.”
“I was heartbroken,” she continued. “The fear of the unknown really got to me; I kept thinking, ‘Will I be able to see far away?’ and ‘I can never watch 3-D movies again.'”
Williamson’s boyfriend saw a picture of a puppy that had lost an eye after being mauled by another dog and contacted a nearby animal shelter two months after the incident.
In a letter to the Mobile, Alabama-based Animal Rescue Fund, he described his fiancée as a victim of senseless gang violence. “Teenagers on foot approached her in her car and shot her without provocation or warning. Personally, I believe that taking care of Bear will aid in his recovery from their horrific attacks as well as her own.”
Williamson and Bear, an eight-week-old mixed-breed dog, met after Allison Rellinger, vice president of the shelter, said she and staff members were deeply moved by the message.
Rellinger stated, “Maria’s boyfriend truly noticed our article.” She exclaimed, “Oh my Goodness, there’s a dog without an eye,” and then fell in love with Bear as he showed her to Williamson.
Bear’s eye had completely come out of its socket due to being picked up, shaken, and attacked by a larger dog, according to Rellinger. “She will undoubtedly be able to relate to the puppy’s situation. There is nothing better, in our opinion, for a wounded puppy.”
Williamson claimed that adopting Bear and experiencing victimization from the crime have made her more aware of the value of life.
She said, “I felt so grateful to be alive.” “Look at how dangerously close I came to dying. I did not experience depression, and I still do not. I’ve actually been in a joyful mood. My entire attitude toward life has changed. Nothing can bring me down.”
Williamson continued, “To other victims, don’t let this break you. If you allow it to have a negative impact on how you live your life, your assailant will ultimately succeed. You will have triumphed if you emerge grateful for your second chance at life and in a positive frame of mind.”