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ASPCA Happy Tails: Blue’s Story

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 9:30am
ASPCA Happy Tails: Blue’s Story

When Vivian adopted Blue from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), she knew nothing of the horrors the nine-month-old pup had endured at the hands of dog fighters. One of 77 dogs rescued in a multi-state dog fighting raid in March 2013, Blue was chained to a stake in the ground, exposed and shivering in blizzard-like conditions, when the ASPCA rescued him. For today’s special video Happy Tail, we traveled to Tucson to catch up with Vivian and Blue.

Vivian W. grew up in New York with all kinds of pets: cats, birds, even rodents. But she never had a dog. When she moved to Arizona last year, she decided that pit bull adoption was at the top of her priority list. On her second day in Tucson, she adopted Blue.

“It was love at first sight,” says Vivian, recalling the moment she met Blue. After spotting his picture online, she was drawn to his striking blue eye (for which he is named), but knew nothing of his past. As she later came to learn, Blue was rescued by the ASPCA in a massive dog fighting raid. He was emaciated and weighed just 30 pounds when he first arrived at the shelter.

After his adoption, Blue settled in with Vivian quickly. He now devotes his time to the finer things in life: “He loves people, as well as car rides and his rope toy—that’s his favorite,” says Vivian. He is never far from her side, especially when she’s sleeping or cooking, and has even taken a liking to olives, which grow on the many trees that dot their property.

“He seems to have forgotten about everything that happened, which is more than we can really ask for,” she adds.

Blue’s happiness is a testament to his resilient spirit. In many ways, he represents the thousands of dogs who have been rescued from abuse and who refuse to be defined by their traumatic past. Blue never gave up, just as we will never give up our commitment to ending dog fighting. In fact, April 8 marked our first annual National Dog Fighting Awareness Day, a day created to spread knowledge and understanding of dog fighting and to encourage animal lovers to take action against this barbaric practice.

We believe that there will come a time when dog fighting is seen for what it really is: the shameful pastime of cowards. But until that day comes, we will continue to fight for the victims—for dogs like Blue—so that they never have to fight again.

 
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Emma

Thank you, Vivian, and god bless you and your sweet, beautiful, loving Blue. You are both heroes. You are light and hope against the darkness of animal abuse.

Judy

Amen.

sheila kluss

I agree thank you Vivian you are a true person with a heart and soul!! I love animals and could never treat any of them like that they are to be loved and cared for, for in return they give you unconditional love which is more than I can say for most humans!

Joan

I am so glad for Blue. He has such a sweet face. And a loving forever home with Vivian. I hope I can read in the very near future that all states in America have the very same ridged laws that brings to our society to keep this ugly animal abuse from existing EVER AGAIN. That all that are involved at a dog fighting rings are in
imprisoned with heavy times to serve. They the abusers and their watchers, should have all rights of being an American while in prison. Their children that they bring to these dangerous sites need to be taught that their family members or friends are money hungry devil's advocate's. Why else would humans be so cruel?

Joan

oops, I meant all rights of being American should be banished while in prison.
Sorry, missed a word to be written.

Peggy wilkey

Thank you for helping.

kuonzaa

Well said Emma

PURPLE CAT LADY

THE ONLY WAY TO STOP ANY ANIMAL FIGHTING IS TO TAKE ANYONE WHO HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE ANIMAL FIGHTING AND SHOOT THEM!!!!

Linda

Amen to that!!

JD

how about doing to the abusers what they have done to the dogs ie beating, chaining, starving, leaving them out in all kinds of weather and then putting them in a pit to fight?

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