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Pit bull paralyzed while protecting owner gets adopted

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Red was adopted after more than 2 years at PAWS Chicago

Story Update July 5, 2012

Red the pit bull was adopted by Dawn Schaible after two years of waiting for a new home. "He's been through a lot and it hasn't even changed his temperament at all," says Dawn, who took the gentle dog with special needs to her home in Stockton, Illinois. He has settled in nicely with his new family. He stops and smells the flowers, has many admirers, and is the sweetest dog with Dawn's young daughter Finley and her beagle Razer. With his new family and home, Red is a happy dog. Says Dawn, "I love this dog, how can you not love this dog?" 


April 23, 2012

When Chicago police officer Brian Cicio first saw a pit bull named Red, the dog was lying bleeding from a gunshot wound to his back. He had been shot while defending his 60-year-old owner from a home invasion. His owner was badly beaten and taken away to hospital, leaving Red on the kitchen floor.

Cicio, a dog lover, could tell the dog was well-cared by the dozens of photos of Red and his owner in the apartment. "You could tell he was loved. He was friendly," Cicio told the Chicago Tribune. Although not part of his assignment, Cicio gave the dog water and stayed with the wounded dog for three hours until Animal Control came. At the time, Cicio said it did not look good for Red. 

That was three years ago. Red may have had very bad luck that fateful night, but ever since then, Red has had a large team of admirers and supporters cheering him on and doing everything in their power to see he is well looked after.

Red with Officer Cicio at his farewell partyAlthough he survived his injury, he ended up paralyzed from the waist down. In a bittersweet turn of events, Red's owner was unable to keep him after the assault. Red's owner lives on a third-floor walk up apartment and was unable to carry the 50-pound pit bull up and down the stairs. Also, because of Red's paralysis, he now needed a caregiver to help him relieve himself several times a day. In tears, the man reluctantly left Red at Animal Control to be euthanized.

Things could have ended sadly for Red then and there. But when a PAWS Chicago staffer was making her daily rounds at the pound, she saw Red and agreed to take him to their shelter.

PAWS Chicago is Chicago's largest no kill animal shelter and humane organization. Red arrived at PAWS with sores on his hindquarters from dragging himself around on the ground. He was in need of special care. So he was taken in to see veterinarian Barbara Royal, who has ended up caring for Red for free. "He's such a nice dog and had such a great story - shot protecting his owner - that nobody wanted to put him down," said Royal. Red underwent physical therapy, acupuncture and weekly workouts on an underwater treadmill. He also received a doggie wheelchair donated by PAWS volunteers. "Everyone said: 'We're going to fix him.' He's such a wonderful symbol of what we do here," said Royal.

Since his arrival, Red has become PAWS unofficial mascot and ambassador. People in the neighborhood greeted him by name when they saw him out on a walk and children were inspired to raise money to help him and PAWS.

However, despite his friendly personality, people who considered adopting Red were discouraged from doing so after learning what would be needed in order to take care of his "special needs".

Red at his farewell adoption partyBut that didn't discourage Dawn Schaible. She saw Red's profile on the PAWS website and decided to help. The single mother from Stockton has been fostering Red for the past six months and this week decided to officially adopt him. She had a "special needs" dog before Red who recently died.

"Everybody goes for the cute puppies and kittens," Schaible said. "When you see everything he needed, you'd say, 'Who's going to want to do all that?' Well, I figured, I will."

Red gets along well with her toddler and beagle, although he does have a bit of a snack habit. "He's got to lose a few pounds," Schaible admitted.

PAWS hosted an adoption/farewell party for Red. Over 50 well-wishers came to say goodbye to their fur friend. Red scooted happily through the crowd greeting all of his friends and admirers. One admirer on hand was especially happy to see him. Officer Cicio said: "I can't believe this is the same dog. I couldn't be happier. It's just the perfect end to an amazing story."


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Comments on this Article

Lovely story. And one that just pinpoints once again how misunderstood Pits truly are. I cry every time I hear a Pit type breed being lambasted as a killer, just like German Sheppards, Rottweilers, and Dobermans were in various times prior. My AmStaff has never attacked any person, and has in fact been the model of personality one would want. But, you never hear about dogs like mine on court TV, because I'm actually a responsible owner!
Great story ,,, thats what i always say ,,, dogs arent man bestfriend, i think they should create a new word for dogs loyalty ,, a bestfriend might not take a bullet for you ,, but your dog will ..
Has the previous owner gotten to see him at all over this time? That would be nice. It had to be heartbreaking to give him up.
Now my eyes are with full of tears.
Now my eyes are with full of tears.
Great job to Officer Cicio for initially staying with Red on that first night. I know the original owner was heartbroken to have to give up Red, but sometimes we have to do whatever is best for our furry family even though it tears our own heart out to do so. It looks as though Red did all right and is flourishing, so good for him. Thanks Dawn for having a big heart, for a special needs dog. I know it takes a good deal of work to help Red through out each day, so you are one of the special ones for doing this for Red.
Thanks to everyone who took keen interest and contributed in rehabilitating Red! I am grateful as you have all helped reinforce my belief in humanity! Best wishes....
i hope the scum that did this to that poor guy and his dog rot in prison and after that,,burn in hell....best wishs to all the kind people who helped that faithful friend back to health...peace..
This made me tear up because I am SO HAPPY for this dog. He found the love that he 110% deserves, what an amazing lady to adopt him! LOVE HER and Red!
good dog...have a great life
Kudos to officer Cicio for staying with the injured pooch for 3 hours. That's my kind of cop!
I am so happy Red got a loving home.After all he has been through this story brought tears to my eyes.
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