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ASPCA Happy Tails: A Dog Worth Waiting For

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 11:00am
Happy brindle pit bull

In 2011, Spike (also known as Spice) was living in a squalid basement. Tied to a wall with a short leash, he had no access to food or water. He was severely emaciated, weighing only 32 pounds when the ASPCA rescued him. Over the next two years, staff at the ASPCA nursed him to health and brought his weight up to 54 pounds. But despite his sweet, loving temperament, Spike just couldn’t find a home. We worried he might never get adopted. Then, on Christmas Eve, we got the greatest gift of all.

Joe and Lou, two brothers from New Jersey, first learned about Spike on Facebook. They had been looking for a dog for a while when someone shared Spike’s photo on their timeline. “I figured the right dog would come along eventually, and he did,” said Lou. The very next day, December 24, they went to the ASPCA Adoption Center and adopted Spike.

Emaciated pit bull

Many ASPCA staff said goodbye to the precious pit bull with tears of joy—no one more so than Animal Care Technician Trevor Simms. Trevor worked with Spike daily during his time at the ASPCA. Despite the bittersweet goodbye, Trevor couldn’t have asked for a better holiday miracle.

“Finally,” was all he could manage to say.

Spike now spends his days with Joe and Lou at their racing shop in New Jersey. He spends his nights in their warm, loving home.

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ASPCA staffer hanging out with dog

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Gail

Bless you Joe & Lou! You have given this beautiful dog a new chance at life. You have just changed his world forever!!

Amy Kaelin

I am so glad to hear that Spike finally got a loving home. My question is, was his original owners charged with animal cruelty? If so, I hope they were punished to the fullest extent of the law. Until we have stricter laws for cruetly to animals, this will never end. Most cases like Spike don't end very happy. We all know what the outcome usually is for these precious animals. Thanks for letting me share my comments with everyone.

jovonneb

The heartless of people makes you wonder if humans truly have the right to live?

Jo

How did you hear about Spike situation to rescue him?? Shame on the one that left him that way. I need to report a dog that is chained outside with little room to move and out in all weather conditions. How do I tell someone about this poor animal?

Jo - 817-692-9064

rita alexander

I wish for the dAY WHEN PIT BULLS ARE LOOKED AT HAS SWEET LOVING DOGS ITS THE OWNER THAT NEEDS TO BE PUT TO SLEEP.I AM IN IN ANIMALE RESCUE I HAVE NINE DOGS AND THE LAST IS A PIT BULL NAME BABY GIRL SWEET AS SHE CAN BE THANK YOU FOR LOVING HER

Steve

I had the same story. Rescued a full grown dog that weighed only 23 pounds...today he weighs in at a healthy 56 pounds...he was on IV for 2 weeks...nearly dead and starved ...now he is so loved and I consider myself lucky to have him....

Mondo

What a great story and I'm so thrilled with the happy ending. We all should remember what Ghandi said....a society should and will be judged by how it treats its animals. All of us who support the ASPCA do so with that statement in mind.

Pat

Thank you to Joe & Lou for giving Spike a forever home. He deserves only the best...and looks like he's getting it (finally!).

Sue

Thank you Joe & Lou. You're good people x

Jennifer Wallick

I would love for someone to send me the link of Trevor and Spike together.

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