Second chance for a pitbull named Radar

9:44 AM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- At first glance, you wouldn't be able to tell what kind of life this puppy has had.

His name is Radar and, if you take a closer look, you'll see the scars from his dog fighting days a year ago.

"People say these dogs are bred to fight. No dog says 'I'm going to come out and fight.' People make these dogs fight," said Chris Hughes, of Rowdy to the Rescue.

When Radar was found in a ravine in Pennsylvania, he had puncture wounds to his legs, his ribs and spine were showing through his skin, and his muzzle was twice the normal size for a dog.

"Dog fighting is very prevalent. It's unfortunate, it's horrible. These dogs don't ask for any of this to happen." Hughes added.

Hughes helps rehabilitate fighting dogs. He has a pitbull named Gremlin that was used to fight in Baltimore. Now, five years later, she was the first pitbull in 24 years allowed in University Hospitals' Pet Pals program.

"We were at the Seidman Cancer Center this morning visiting patients while they are getting chemotherapy," Hughes said.

That's a goal for Radar and that's why Pilots N Paws volunteered to fly him from Chester County, Pennsylvania to Cleveland.

After spending a year with the Chester COunty SPCA, Radar will undergo an evaluation and training for a week before being introduced to other dogs. But from the sight of him Monday, it looks like he is well on the way to a better life.


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