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Rescued Pit bull gets help from NBA athlete Zach Randolph

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | August 02, 2012 | Comments (7)

Mario Chiozza helps dig Lucky out of a concrete pipe,
 Mario Chiozza holds Lucky after helping to dig him out of a concrete pipe.

A Pit bull who was found stuck 15 feet down a drainage pipe in Memphis, Tennessee in July, is getting help from an NBA athlete. Zach Randolph, the star forward for the Memphis Grizzlies, heard of the dog's plight and decided to help. 

Lucky was scared after he was rescued from being stuck in drain for 2 daysNamed Lucky, the Pit bull was rescued on the afternoon of July 10 after Caitlin Rogers, 15, and her mother discovered the dog when they were out walking on the Green Line near Waring. Caitlin said she and her mother heard a dog crying and whimpering and figured out he was stuck in a muddy drainage pipe. They called for help and public works was eventually called in to dig the frightened dog out of the pipe. 

Rescuers guess Lucky had probably been stuck in the pipe for at least two days and was likely only hours away from dying, given the dangerous situation he was in. He was taken to the vet and found to be in relatively good health, although he had to be treated for heartworms while staying at the Memphis Animal Shelter.  

Zach Randolph is helping a stray pit bull in Memphis

Zach Randolph loves Pit bulls, so after hearing Lucky's story he arranged to pay for Lucky's rescue, rehabilitation and adoption process. He also arranged for Lucky to be cared for at Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans. The center looks after between 150 and 200 pit bulls at a 50,000 square foot facility and is featured on the cable television show "Pit Bulls and Parolees". Zach plans to meet Caitlin and her mother at the Memphis Animal Shelter this week to visit Lucky.


Pit bull stuck in concrete pipe
Lucky was stuck in this pipe for days

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Comments on this Article

Sorry, but this guy is part of the problem. He breeds and sells Pit Bulls. Where do you think a lot of these dogs end up? Why does someone who makes millions have to breed and sell dogs? He is no saint. He has been in trouble with the law for drugs and more. This was most likely a publicity stunt. 10k to him is a drop in the bucket. Not impressed...
it feels wonderful to know we are still humane! great work Zach and thanks to Caitlin and her mother for helping out Lucky!
Now HE is an athlete...Zach you are truly an all American good guy!
Now that is a wonderful human being. Thank you for helping him out.
Holy Moly, it's a miracle he was even found, so buried. Poor guy but happily there were wonderful people involved in saving him. Kudos to all ... :0)
Wow, what a rescue! A big thank you to Caitlin and her mother for getting help for this poor dog. And a biggest thank you to Zach for his generous donation! You all guys (including rescuers) rock!
so heart warming, I thank you all that helped get Lucky out and the wonderful people now taking care of Lucky. Zack you have a wonderful heart
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