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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mary a soto

only amen


I agree with shooting all who are involved in fighting dogs, thankfully legislation is slowly moving forward with harsher sentences. But again, I feel those folks need "reajusting" into the ground!

Brenda Cash

I agree!


I kind of agree with you. However, before we "PUT THEM OUT OF THE PIT BULLS & OUR MISERY. They deserve the EXACT INHUMANE, HEARTLESS, SPINELESS, HORRIFIC TREATMENT THAT THEY PUT UPON THOSE POOR BABIES! They used chains that were at minimum half to double the weight of the dog, thus we do the same to them! Generally, if they bothered to feed them, they threw the food at the dogs, not careing if it landed within the reach of the poor dog. They didn't bother to provide clean water nor clean water dishes thus the dogs waited for rain or


Amen to that, lets start with Mick Vick!


I totally agree.



J dog

I agree SOO much!! They kill dogs for the fun of if!! They should die! Did you know they just now changed the law and if you fight dogs you go to jall? It used to be just a 1000 dallor fine.


I agree 100%!!

blazer fan

Purple you are right. There should be penalties galore. Make it known, you hurt an animal you will be in misery. I believe an eye for an eye. Thank u for caring.