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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.




Comments

Comments

Susan

Thank you so much for the lives that you save. These gentle creatures should never be mistreated/abused.

Linda Campbell

It is just heart breaking to think that people have such hatred in their hearts and would chain up a little puppy to start fighting. It is sad enough to see the pictures of the adult dogs that are being abused. It makes you ashamed that you humans are capable of such cruelty!

dealmkrlasv

I think this and all kinds of animal abuse should be a FELONY and punsiable for a minimum of 1 year in jail. These poor creatures depend on us to protect and care for them. The slime balls that do this will pay in Hell for what they do.

dealmkrlasv

I think this and all kinds of animal abuse should be a FELONY and punsiable for a minimum of 1 year in jail. These poor creatures depend on us to protect and care for them. The slime balls that do this will pay in Hell for what they do.

Anonymous

Awww. How can someone abuse animals? I'm glad Timmy has found his FURever home! He's adorable. I love you, Timmy! The top picture & the first part of the story makes me want to break down & cry! I'm certainly glad he is getting the love & a home that he so desperately needs & wants.

Marsha

OMG. He is even cuter now than he was as a puppy! So glad he got a forever home.

Michael

Thank you for all you guys do. Unfortunately the fight goes on. Maybe one day we can end this horrible way of life for the 4-footed humans that we share the planet with (and 2-legged, finned, etc.)

Andrea

Which is why I don't mind contributing to ASPCA. It makes me sick to know there are so many abused animals out there. Wish they didn't spend so much on fund raising. PetSmart has a higher grade and they are good to support also.

April

Thank you for ALL you continue to do to help these poor helpless animals from abuse and neglect.
That's why I give to ASPC

sharon davidson

IT IS SUCH A BLESSING THAT THESE ANIMALS HAVE YOUR DEPARTMENT TO BE THERE TO HELP THEM.

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