Rock Hill pup gets new lease on life, inspires adoptions

- There is some good coming out of a bad situation in Rock Hill.

A puppy found shot multiple times with a BB gun not only has a new home, but his story is catching attention worldwide.

It's also putting the spotlight on the importance of adoption in York County.

A little love and support is all the sweet pup needs to get back on his feet and into the arms of his new family. But his story has struck a cord.

“We were very shocked by it,” Chris Rizzo with Project Safe Pet said. “I was answering all the emails and messages on Facebook and they came from all over the world.”

Named ‘Brody’ the little lab-mix's story went viral after he was found stabbed and shot 18 times with a BB gun.

Two teens were later arrested and now face charges of animal cruelty. Project Safe Pet rarely sees cases, like Brody's, involving direct violence.

But they say his story is one of many.

“We see a lot of puppies living outdoors, born outdoors,” Rizzo said. “We see some that die outdoors.”

Animal neglect is, unfortunately, an issue the organization deals with daily. But they say Brody's story is casting a new light on the importance of adoption in York County.

There are dozens of animals in need and not nearly enough people to care for them. Project Safe Pet hopes Brody's story will help change that.

“I think the attention with Brody, based on the emails I've gotten, has really put the spotlight on that, whereas people are now much more aware of rescue and how important it is,” Rizzo said.

And in addition, they’re more aware of the local resources they have available to them to ensure their animals live comfortable lives.

“This has really, really helped us in educating the local people,” Rizzo said. 

A 10-year-old girl, named Kaley, is now the proud owner of Brody. We're told she had just lost her 15-year-old lab to old age.

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