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Abandoned but Not Forgotten: The Story of Chuck

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
chuck the pit bull

From factory farming to kitten season, we focus a lot on the big issues facing animal welfare in this country. But behind each “big issue” is the individual face of every single animal touched by our work. One such animal is a 40-lb., 2-year-old pit bull named Chuck.

When Chuck first came to the ASPCA in 2013, he couldn’t walk. Abandoned and left for dead, he had lost the use of his hind legs from joint disease and hip fractures—both of which had gone untreated. He was taken to our premier Animal Hospital in New York City, where he received surgery to relieve his pain. Once healed, Chuck was enrolled in an intensive physical therapy regimen in conjunction with Animal Medical Center in Manhattan.

“Chuck is a happy dog whose personality was very friendly, energetic—let’s go, let’s go—all the time, despite his disability,” says Dr. J’mai Gayle, Director of Surgery at the ASPCA Animal Hospital. He was a perfect candidate for rehabilitation.

Over the next six months, Chuck underwent an astonishing transformation. Through physical therapy, which included hydrotherapy, treadmill work and other vigorous exercises, he slowly regained strength in his legs and learned how to walk again. The once-crippled dog was mobile once more.

“The intensive physical therapy work that everyone put in made all the difference for Chuck,” says Dr. Gayle. “He made a believer out of me.”

See Chuck’s recovery for yourself: 

But Chuck’s story is just one of thousands. Every single day, we meet animals just like him—animals who have been abandoned, forgotten, or otherwise forsaken. With your help, we can continue to provide hope and healing for these animals, and continue to do the kind of work that truly changes lives. Please make a donation to the ASPCA today.

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Together, we will help more animals like Chuck begin their road to recovery—one step at a time. 

If you're interested in adopting Chuck, please call our Adoption Center in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.

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Debbie

Stories like this do my heart good♥ Many people would just euthanize him and be done. Thank you ASPCA for everything that you do.

Bill

You are so correct. A good picture also helps a lot. Many of the pictures of black dogs, really do not show them in the best light.

Zoe

Right on the mark Zoe. Thanks for sharing that.

Deborah

Thank you Zoe for so eloquently putting things into perspective. Never before have I heard anyone call pit bulls lucky. Instead they are more often maligned, abused and feared. Every dog is beautiful for the loving devotion they bestow on their human family. Once you get to know a dog they all begin to appear beautiful!

Deborah

Thank you Zoe for so eloquently putting things into perspective. Never before have I heard anyone call pit bulls lucky. Instead they are more often maligned, abused and feared. Every dog is beautiful for the loving devotion they bestow on their human family. Once you get to know a dog they all begin to appear beautiful!

Cindy

Beautiful words Zoe... sharing

Brenda

Animals come into shelters every day without hope because they are sick or damaged beyond repair. Euthanasia is more humane than allowing them to continue suffering. The people who abuse the animals are the bad guys, not the ASPCA and other animal organizations who work endlessly to save animals. They can't save them all and shouldn't try in some cases.

diana

Sometimes they give up too quickly, methinks. Life is precious - no, it's PRICELESS, and unless you believe in reincarnation, it is the only life that precious animal will ever have. Damaged or not, they have love to give and deserve love - and life - in return.

Kat

Chuck is absolutely beautiful, and he is a remarkable suvivor, thanks mostly for his will to live, but just as much to the awesome ASPCA staff who rescued him~~you guys rock!!!! I hope that Chuck continues to progress nicely, and hope he finds a wonderful forever home where he will be loved and cherished. Many thanks to all who had a hand in his rescue and recovery.

jen

For all the countless times I "give up" on humans, I read stories like this and know there's hope out there for our furry friends. THANKS to everyone involved in the ASPCA and other rescue groups. You all are true heroes.

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