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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

Isabella

I cant believe there are dog fighting raids in the us and all over the world and i cant believe the president isnt even doing anything about it i guess he doesnt care about our dogs cats fish horses and all the animals in the world so fuck you president barack obama.

Isabella

I cant believe there are dog fighting raids in the us and all over the world and i cant believe the president isnt even doing anything about it i guess he doesnt care about our dogs cats fish horses and all the animals in the world so fuck you president barack obama.

carol smith

thank you brian and nadine, you are angles for giving timmy a loving home yous are the best, take care and thank you with all my heart ,

Sandra Riddick

Timmy has the same name as my orange/ginger male cat! Timmy looks like he is a sweet boy; enjoy your new life!

Susan

I donate regularly to the ASPCA, among many, and I always appreciate seeing where my money goes! Thanks for this story!

Chris

I am retired and on a fixed income. I donate $19.00 a month to the ASPCA. I can't foster or have a dog so donating is the best I can do and I know it is helping these wonderful animals. Keep up the good work.

Lel

The issue as I see it is that legislation needs to provide for higher penalties. It is warming to hear success stories but unless higher sanction are in place the decay of society will continue to abuse animals for self greed. Heavier fines are not the answer.

shirley arnett

way to go aspca you did a lock for the amianal.

Mary Townsend

I love the ASPCA, I am proud to be a Guardian and know my monthly donation helps to stop this abuse of these beautiful animals. God bless all of you

Theresa

From the bottom of my heart, my thanks and appreciation for saving this puppy from this disgusting practice of animal abuse. Keep up the good fight you have my support in every way possible.

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