|By Amanda Christman, Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
It was one of the first steps the white pit bull, Blizzard, would take to finding a permanent home.
Borough police said it was between 4 and minus-2 degrees at
Tanner found the pooch shaking and got him into his heated patrol car. The canine's backbone and ribs showed through his fur and he had small scar marks on his face.
Blizzard found himself staying the night at the police station until workers from
Police ended up investigating and accused Navib A. Arias, 23,
Hillside kennel worker
She said he was thin and had what appeared to be an untreated skin condition that could have been caused by being kept in the cold. He had three BBs under his skin too. "So he was shot at, at least three times," Richter said, by an unknown person.
Blizzard received medical care through the
When he walked inside and Hillside workers told him Blizzard's background, he felt terrible for what the dog had been through.
Blizzard warmed up quick to Legutko's girlfriend
Legutko said it didn't take long for Blizzard to warm up to his new family, especially Correll's 10-year-old son,
Legutko said there's a lot of love in Blizzard's new house and the only time he appears sad is when his buddy Harig leaves for school in the morning. Blizzard, he said, loves to snuggle too.
"He is by my side all the time," he said, though he favors laying on the couch by Correll.
Legutko, who had a shelter dog before, was surprised at how well behaved Blizzard is and couldn't believe someone would leave him in harm's way.
"He's a great dog and a cuddler," he said. Legutko has had pit bulls before and said they are the best, most loyal breed he had the pleasure of owning, so when he saw Blizzard it didn't take long to decide on taking him home.
Blizzard, he said, has a lot to look forward to, including walks in the woods once the weather warms up, Legutko said.
Richter encouraged anyone reading about Blizzard's story to use it as a reason to call police immediately when they notice an animal suspected of being abused or neglected.
His story, she said, should also enlighten others to the many pets available at local shelters who didn't have their story published in the news but would make good pets just like Blizzard has.
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