victor kissGOOD NEWS UPDATE (12/8/14): Victor has been adopted by our very own Director of Medical Operations, Dr. Karla Bard! After his seizure 2 weeks ago, she began fostering him to keep a close eye on his health and progress. Well, she fell in love and so did he, and we can’t blame either one of them! We are so thrilled because this sweet boy who has been through so much has hit the jackpot; he could not possibly be in better hands and continues to gain weight and thrive. Victor joins 2 dogs and a cat in the Bard household and has been renamed “Daryl” after the handsome, kind-hearted, survivor-against-all-odds from The Walking Dead. Quite fitting, don’t you think? We love you Victor/Daryl … always and always.

When a good Samaritan saw a dog curled up by the side of the road in the Quail Meadow area of Plant City, she knew she had to stop. The area is a known dumping ground for abused, neglected and unwanted animals. When she approached the animal she found a severely emaciated but trusting dog who came right up to her. He seemed to know she was there to help and jumped into her car without hesitation. Being unable to keep him but wanting to give him a chance, she fixed him a pancake breakfast to fill up his tummy, then brought him to us.
We named the gently, handsome boy Victor because he is definitely a survivor, and as a nod to our friend Victor Hedman who is helping us promote pit bull awareness through a PSA.
Victor gained 1.5 pounds after just two days with us, but has a long road ahead. He is heartworm positive, has a broken tail and is suffering from several open wounds, multiple abrasions and anemia. We aren’t sure what happened to this boy but we’re going to do our very best to save his life. He will need several weeks of TLC and rehabilitation before being ready for adoption!
Despite all he’s obviously been through, Victor has a sweet, trusting disposition. He will be bunking up in our administrative offices during the day and will get lots of positive reinforcement and kindness. As you can see from the pictures below, he has settled in well and is loving naps in his very own bolster bed.

If anyone has information about who may be responsible for this abuse, please call 813-774-4309. If you’d like to contribute to his care, you can donate here (please indicate “Victor” in the memo/notes section)

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The Humane Society of Tampa Bay teamed up with the Tampa Bay Lightning to make a Power Play for pit bulls! This 30-second PSA features Victor Hedman and Willy, with a cameo appearance from Steven Stamkos! Special thanks to Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning for their generous support and for helping to promote pit bull awareness and adoption.
PSA produced by Nabors Media Group. Written and directed by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

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Humane Society of Tampa Bay Urges Pit Bull Parents to Prevent Unwanted Litters during their August “Primp Your Pit” Campaign
Primp Your Pit Campaign, funded by PetSmart Charities®, will provide $20 spay/neuter surgeries (and free nail trim) for more than 6,200 pit bull terrier dogs, nationwide
Today, 35 percent of dogs and cats in U.S. households are not spayed or neutered, yet the procedure is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. Unfortunately, pit bulls end up in shelters in large numbers due to myths and negative publicity, which impact public perceptions of the breed.
With 8 million homeless pets entering U.S. shelters every year, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is helping to solve this problem by participating in PetSmart Charities®’ “Primp Your Pit ” August spay/neuter campaign. This year, PetSmart Charities is providing more than $394,000 in funding so that 49 animal welfare organizations, in 24 states, can perform 6,248 surgeries on pit bull terriers during the month of August.
Locally, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay plans to spay/neuter 75 pit bull terriers and pit bull terrier mixes for the special $20 rate, which includes a free nail trim and colorful bandana. This special rate during the “Primp Your Pit” event applies to all residents of Hillsborough County.
“Spaying/neutering a pet is the most effective thing a pet parent can do to prevent unwanted litters from being born that will ultimately end up in local shelters,” says Sherry Silk, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
For pet parents who may be hesitant to get their young puppies sterilized, it’s important to note that the American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old. Research shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.
Pit bull parents who wish to take advantage of this special offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit” promotion when they schedule their appointments. The promotion is based on availability. Please call the Animal Health Center at 813.870.3304 for more information or to schedule an appointment.