Being tied up and subjected to unspeakable cruelty is all in the past for pitbull Finn, whose new lease of life and hilarious love of pizza plays the heart strings of dog lovers all over the world.
On the 23rd August 2013 Finn was saved from a certain death when the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) stormed the Alabama premises of Donnie Anderson. The ASPCA uncovered what turned out to be America’s second largest dog fighting ‘factory’.
Did Finn’s past have any lasting impact on him?
Rescue dog Finn now lives with foster mum Andrea Kilkenny while a permanent home is found for him. His injuries could have been worse. Despite one or two scars he does seem, according to Ms. Kilkenny, to have come through his ordeal unscathed. Clearly from the viral video of his ‘Pizza Crust Zoomies’ he hasn’t gone off his food.
During Anderson’s trial the ASPCA was able to prove hundreds of dogs had been subjected to horrifying cruelty. As well as being kept in barbaric conditions dogs that did not win their fights were often electrocuted, drowned or shot.
‘We heard testimony of Mr. Anderson killing at least one dog by hanging that dog from his collar attached to a leash on a tree branch,’ said Tim Rickey, one of the ASPCA field investigators on the case.
Finn is now a happy resident of New Jersey. His past behind him and his future bright, he is one of 367 lucky dogs that were freed from the horrors of the dog fighting trade.
‘Some nice folks from the ASPCA came and rescued me from the neglected situation I was living in,’ Finn writes on his Facebook page. ‘They took good care of me, and when they were able to, they released me to a rescue group called Plenty of Pit Bulls. Now, I am part of a family with 3 other dogs and 2 cats and 2 humans.’