Back in 2007 fifty-one pit bulls were rescued from the Bad Newz Kennel, Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation. There was much discussion over what to do with the animals and many feared that they were too abused to be saved. One particular dog, Leo, proved them all wrong.
Parade reported that he was taken in by Marthina McClay’s rescue organization Our Pack and soon was getting along famously with all the other pups. He was able leave the pain of his former life behind him and learn to live in a house and understand commands. McClay, who is a trainer, worked with him so that he even passed the tests to become a certified therapy dog, and in 2009, was visiting with the elderly, sick and troubled kids.
Unfortunately, after an unknown illness, Leo’s time has come to an end. After six months of seizures and a great deal of pain, his loving human McClay made the decision to put him to sleep last week.
She said about Leo, “I’m just so sad to lose him and miss him horribly. I loved him so much, and he was the best dog ever. However, it was SO hard to watch him suffer. I want him to be remembered for how beautiful he was.”
Leo surely serves as an inspiration to all. He showed resilience, great love and was a perfect example of all the wonderful qualities of his breed. We are sure he will be missed.