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The Face of Dog Fighting Gets the Life He Deserves

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:00am
Pit bull puppy attached to big chain

You may have seen this photo before. It was taken last August at the scene of a dog fighting raid, and it has been used in ASPCA advertisements all around the Internet and on TV. It can be hard to look at—a small, vulnerable puppy tied to a heavy chain, alone and cowering in fear. With just the quick snap of a camera, this single moment captured so much about the fatal sport of dog fighting, and this puppy became the face of abused animals everywhere.

That puppy’s name is Timmy, and he was one of 367 dogs rescued from a multi-state dog fighting ring that spanned Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. After the raid, Timmy and the other dogs were taken to a temporary shelter where ASPCA responders gave them medical examinations, behavioral assessments, and the care and love they had previously been denied.

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But Timmy’s story doesn’t end there. This sweet puppy was placed in foster homes that helped train him to become a well-adjusted pet. His final foster parents, Brian and Nadine DeCicco, just couldn’t give the little pup up and adopted him this past May. “We didn’t have any concerns about bringing a dog who had been associated with fighting into our home,” says Brian. “We’ve both had dogs our whole lives and know that they can reflect the way they are treated. Both of our previous dogs were pit mixes and they are just so unbelievably affectionate.”

Happy pit bull laying on bed

Timmy now lives with Brian and Nadine in Maryland, where he is safe, happy and well-fed. “These dogs show amazing resiliency and forgiveness after being treated so poorly. They just want to be loved,” says Brian. Timmy spends his days snuggling with his family, snoozing in his “pita pocket” bed, playing tug-of-war with the neighbor’s Mastiff, and letting out his puppy energy—energy that at one time was restricted to a heavy collar and chain.

It’s hard to believe that Timmy is the same dog from that first photo. Fortunately, he will never have to worry about growing up to become a fighting dog, like so many generations of dogs tied to that very same chain before him.

Timmy’s new life is picture-perfect, but it would not have been possible without the support of animal-lovers like you. When you donate to the ASPCA, your gifts have a real, tangible effect—and Timmy is living proof of just how much we can accomplish when we work together.

Unfortunately, there are thousands of puppies just like Timmy still out there waiting for their rescue to come. Will you be the one to help save them? Make a donation today.

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See more photos of Timmy’s rescue and of his happy new life here.




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Cheryl

God only knows how much I HATE THESE DOG FIGHTINGS!!!!! They should be forbidden worldwide!!!! I am so happy - tears of joy - that Timmy and others were rescued and many now have a loving home!! THANK YOU

Anna Marie

AMEN!!! THE 2 pictures from b-4 and after say so much!!! love it!!

Adrian

Warms my heart so much! I do the easy thing: I donate money. The real angels are working to uncover these abuses and caring for adorable creatures like Timmy. Continued success & love to all these angels & Timmy too!

Deb Joseph

Timmy is my hero......Brian and Nadine thank you, you are amazing people

Lorraine Q

my heart aches, for animals that are abused its a shame how humans treat these innocent creatures..its really a damn shame they count on us to take care of them not the other way around god bless all animals and hopefully one day I can make a difference in helping them too...especially feral cats and other animals that have no home.

Lorraine Q

my heart aches, for animals that are abused its a shame how humans treat these innocent creatures..its really a damn shame they count on us to take care of them not the other way around god bless all animals and hopefully one day I can make a difference in helping them too...especially feral cats and other animals that have no home.

Joey

When I saw the pic of Timmy it made me so happy that they are being Rescued and the ASPCA are finding them homes where they are going to get all the Love that they deserve. I feel that know one has the right to abuse any Animal all they want is to be cared for and Loved they return that unconditional. I have two Dogs and we my partner Pamper them every day they have a backyard to play in Love that we give them every day plenty of toys Treats and every night they lie next to us while we watch TV. I hope every person or group that runs these Dog fights for a profit, I all of them are found and brought to Justus and get severe punishment.

Joey

When I saw the pic of Timmy it brought tears to my eyes. It made me happy that they are being Rescued and the ASPCA are finding them good Loving and caring people that will provide a secure and Loving home for all of them. I feeling are very Strong with the Statement that I am going to make "KNOW ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO ABUSE ANY ANIMAL" all they want is to be cared for Loved and they give that back unconditional. We my Partner and I have Two Dogs we Pamper them every day they have a Backyard they can play in a Doggy door so they can go out and come back so that they are safe our younger one uses the back yard more than the older one in the summer it is very Hot where we live in Las Vegas so I change there water twice a day so that they have water all day and it is fresh. They have plenty of toys and treats in moderation because of they weight they have health care insurance so that there teeth are cleaned twice a year and the shots they have to have. It is the same as having a child with there health, Every evening they lie next to us while we are watching TV. I hope every Person or Group that run these Dog fights for profit , I hope all of them are brought to Justus and get the most severe punishment. I also want to thank the ASPCA for the hard work that you do God Bless every one of you. We donate to the ASPCA if everyone can give as little as $5.00 it really dose help. I am sure if the tables were reverse and you were the Dog or Cat or any other Animal that is abused you would want someone to step up to the plate and help them they deserve the help the Love and just being Hug and show that you do care it speaks volumes. I also want to thank every person that Donates a little so that the ASPCA can do what they do.

Joey

When I saw the pic of Timmy it brought tears to my eyes. It made me happy that they are being Rescued and the ASPCA are finding them good Loving and caring people that will provide a secure and Loving home for all of them. I feeling are very Strong with the Statement that I am going to make "KNOW ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO ABUSE ANY ANIMAL" all they want is to be cared for Loved and they give that back unconditional. We my Partner and I have Two Dogs we Pamper them every day they have a Backyard they can play in a Doggy door so they can go out and come back so that they are safe our younger one uses the back yard more than the older one in the summer it is very Hot where we live in Las Vegas so I change there water twice a day so that they have water all day and it is fresh. They have plenty of toys and treats in moderation because of they weight they have health care insurance so that there teeth are cleaned twice a year and the shots they have to have. It is the same as having a child with there health, Every evening they lie next to us while we are watching TV. I hope every Person or Group that run these Dog fights for profit , I hope all of them are brought to Justus and get the most severe punishment. I also want to thank the ASPCA for the hard work that you do God Bless every one of you. We donate to the ASPCA if everyone can give as little as $5.00 it really dose help. I am sure if the tables were reverse and you were the Dog or Cat or any other Animal that is abused you would want someone to step up to the plate and help them they deserve the help the Love and just being Hug and show that you do care it speaks volumes. I also want to thank every person that Donates a little so that the ASPCA can do what they do.

Allison in Dulu...

This is why I give every month! I am proud to help ASPCA! They do miracles everyday. Thank you for what you do ASPCA! "We are their voice"!

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