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Abandoned Pit Bulls Are Transformed From Unwanted Shelter Pets To Service Dogs For Veterans

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

The loving shelter workers at the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona, New York, have thought of an ingenious way to help not only the abandoned pit bulls in their shelter but veterans in need as well.

With the help of trainer Frank Pugliese, the shelter decided to train the neglected or abused pit bulls and make them service dogs for veterans.

“The dogs respond phenomenally,” Frank says. “Even some of the most abused dogs will turn over right away.”

Volunteers at the care center train and teach the dogs basic needs for service. The pit bulls learn how to guide and care for their owners over three to four months. As you’ll see in the video, the pit bulls absolutely love learning and catch on rather quickly!

Just like any other service dog, volunteers bring the pit bulls to public spaces to get them accustomed to daily activities their veterans may do.

The program has already been going on since January 2017. The very first pit bull has graduated and is currently serving a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“His dog provides companionship — comfort,” Frank says. “When the veteran gets confused or dazed, the dog provides center.”

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