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.




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.


I agree Jen I am on names sights on Facebook and the more I read the more I wonder where these humans are coming from that do such unspeakable things to these animals. Then you see stories like this that gives you the little glimmer of hope. The ONLY way we can help or stop it is by donating money, giving time as a volunteer at our local Shelter or simply just sharing the pages (on Facebook) so that even 1 out of 100 are getting adopted that wouldn't have if we hadn't shared it.

Viola Schmitt

I second your comments------this is why I contribute on a monthly basis-----to help those who have no voice. God Bless all the staff who work to help undo the misery caused by some horrid people.


love it!


Thank you so much ASPCA for your daily hard work. I'm an activist too. Just adore the animals. God bless each and everyone of you. :)


Love that he wasn't given up on. Such a handsome guy.

Sharon W.

I read these stories every day am so proud of the ASPCA; they give help and a voice to the to those creatures who have to voice. Thank you for all you do, I will continue to support the ASPCA as long as I am able!! I am always astounded at the cruelty of people and the forgiveness of animals...




Wow, Chuck is an amazing dog...very brave to have endured such cruelty, yet he came out on top..and so sweet to boot!!! Great job ASPCA!!!

Elsa Vasquez

God bless everyone that took the time to help him!