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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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I rescued a dog for the first time 3 months ago, all the way from Colombia, South America! What a great feeling it is to know that dogs that were once either abused or homeless are now being loved. It hurts to think about the ones that are still out there without a loving family, but it helps to know we are helping in some way...
God bless Spike's owners and Spike too!
Happy New Year to all...=)


susan, I could think of more and much worse punishment for the dirtbag who inflicted the torture on this innocent animal. but on a lighter and more uplifting note, look at the difference in the before and after pictures of the eyes on this beautiful dog. I think that says it all.


I agree 150 % !!!


I agree 150%


From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! Thank you to the new owners!


Huskies are marvelous animals. We had bred and raised them for awhile (until we downsized). They have a great amount of love and determination, but are loyal.

Diana Spencer

I'm sorry but I don't believe for one moment a dog could survive for 2 years with no food and water. Not possible!


When describing the horror of this poor dog, it is best not to think in terms ofconcrete speech. If you cannot do this....

Marilyn Rutherford

It was not stated that the dog went for two years with no food or water. Please reread. What they said that after they rescued him, it took two years to nurse him back to health.


I am so proud of the love that you offered this animal!!