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A Rescued Fighting Dog's First Head Scratch

Probably the hardest thing for any animal lover is even accepting the idea that someone would want to hurt a dog like Cruz. It's bad enough that so many dogs are out there on the streets, but just horrifying that someone would deliberately go out of their way to harm them. Cruz was rescued from a dogfighting ring and placed into care at the San Bernardino animal shelter. Beyond the normal signs of neglect, Cruz also had suffered abuse at the hands of humans and violence from other fighting dogs and was in pretty rough shape.

As with any animal in this situation, even if they recover physically, it's never certain if they will be able to recover from their psychological wounds. Maria Sanchez, a volunteer at the shelter, shows just how willing she is to help these poor pups along the road to recovery and, hopefully, adoption when she beckons Cruz over and reaches her hand into the shelter's cage.

Cruz's response is so incredible, we bet you'll watch this one twice. It will also make you happy to learn that Cruz has been adopted and found his forever home.

For more of Cruz and other pups Maria has given her time to help, check out her YouTube channel.
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