Longview, Texas (Longview News Journal) — Life — as tough as it has been recently — was looking up Friday for Spike Dillinger.
Officials with the Northeast Texas Humane Society said the pit bull mix would be adopted by a Longview couple early next week.
There was an outpouring of sympathy and support for the three-year-old dog rescued by Longview police and animal control officers Tuesday after he was found shot more than 30 times with a pellet gun.
Valerie Mills, relocation manager for the humane society, said $3,500 has been raised to cover the medical bills for the dog, and a New York artist has pledged a portion of his sales to defray medical bills.
Chris and Amy Yoder were chosen from among dozens of adoption offers after the animal’s plight was made known this week.
“I feel very blessed,” Amy Yoder said. “He is just an amazing creature, and I can’t wait to get him home. When I saw his picture on Facebook, I immediately felt that we needed him. There is a spirit and a goodness in him that needed a chance.”
Yoder, who has rescued other dogs in the past, said she told her husband that she planned to adopt Spike.
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