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Dog Fighting Survivor Inspires Children And Adults

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Charlie is a Pomeranian and was used as a "bait dog" in dog fights. He suffered many attacks and lives with several new disabilities as a result.

Animal control took him in after he was found dumped on the side of the road, and Linda Hueftlein adopted him.

"Both eyes were punctured. You can see scar [tissue,] his mussel was wired closed. He's got holes in his tongue where they clamped his mouth shut and he was covered, head, neck, shoulders covered in lacerations," recalled Hueftlein.

Despite the trauma in his life, Heuftlein found him inspiring and empowering. He lives day-to-day like any dog, but deals with disabilities and a hurtful past that few can relate to.

Her book, "Through Charlie's Eyes," serves to show children and adults that Charlie's disabilities don't hold him back. Linda brings the books and the dog to the classrooms to help kids cope with their disabilities.

Charlie's Facebook page has over 1,000 likes and receives kind words and support every day.

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