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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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This story brought tears to my eyes. How this baby must have suffered in the hands of a so-called human being. I hope the person who did this was fined and put in jail. That is the only way this sort of thing is going to stop. A slap on the wrist will not send a serious message at anyone else that has done or is doing this sort of thing to another animal.


We have a small rescue on our farm in Kentucky, We have 21 dogs- most with shelter backgrounds, some abused, some thrown away and some were just "meant to be here. We love each and every one of them, they are very expensive and time consuming, but we could not imagine a better way to spend our spare time, if we are not working to afford the rescue we are with them feeding watering vetting cleaning up after them or just plain loving them. I will never understand how someone could look into the eyes of these innocent babies and cause them pain and suffering. I just can't wrap my mind around the minds of these sick bastards. I would split my last bite of food with any animal that needed it. I will never stop helping these wonderful creatures. We will never not have enough room for one more. We also have over 40 cats, we lost count after 40. Most are outside barn cats or heated huge dog house cats, but we know each and everyone's name attitude and make sure all get a mama or a daddy cuddle as often as we can. All our fur children are spayed/neutered/ up to date on shots and make sure all get what they need no matter what we have to do without. The story about spike makes me so sad but then makes me very happy. I wish more people felt like the awesome people here and all animals would know love, warmth and the feeling of being a family member. One more thing- my second job is keeping this place clean. I will not have a smelly or dirty house. We deserve it and so do our fur covered children.


I think the furnaces of hell get turned up a notch for the monsters.... I love all fur babies they are not just a 4legged companion, they are part of your home.


I couldn't agree more!!! I just cannot imagine what could possibly make a person do such as this.


Add old people to the list and I totally agree.....


Be careful what you say. you will get old someday !!


I think she means older people are abused also. Abuse is more prevalent with those that can't speak for themselves. Main thing, thanks to ASPCA and their caring staff it turned out OK.

Paula Dnistrianskyj

agreed :)

JMarie Wood

Lin, we can only hope that place exists for the monsters who torture God's precious animals and children. Every day in the news I hear of horrible stories and can not believe there are such people but they are. We need to continue to fight for animal and childrens rights and make punishment stronger for the crimes commited.

Mark W.

And A Special place In Heaven for Joe and Lou May God Bless you Happy Tails Spike