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London the badly injured pit bull recovering, former owners arrested

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

The former owners of a pit bull that lost its front legs are being charged with cruelty and torture to animals.

London was rescued by the Vancouver nonprofit, Panda Paws Rescue, after the dog was dropped off to a humane society in Crescent City, CA with severely fractured legs.

It wasn't clear how the dog hurt himself until Crescent City police started investigating. Former owners, Zachary Hinton and Sarah Anderson, were arrested and charged with animal abuse and torture to animals.

According to the Del Norte District Attorney, who is prosecuting the case, police reports indicate an eyewitness saw the couple slam the puppy on the floor numerous times after he chewed a couch in March.

According to investigators, the accused waited several months before bringing the dog to a shelter, which then contacted Panda Paws Rescue, an organization experienced in handling special needs animals.

A vet in Vancouver determined the dog needed both of his front legs amputated, and Panda Paws Rescue founder Amanda Giese has been nursing him back to health ever since.

"I think love has definitely been his healing medicine," Giese said.

A little more than two weeks after surgery, the pit bull puppy appears energetic, happy and very loving.

"For him to be where he's at mentally, blows my mind," Giese said.

London started his swim therapy just this week, and his special wheelchair is expected to arrive next week.

He's recovering better than anyone could have expected, following such a horrific injury.

"He went from a very dark, dark place to living the life," Giese said. "Now he's spoiled. He has so many friends and fans and supporters from around the world."

London was named after the 2012 Summer Olympics, because of his strength and determination, which have served as an inspiration to others.

"He's given a lot of people hope," Giese said. "You can have an injury, you can have a setback in life, but if you have the right mentality, will to live, you can overcome that."

Panda Paws is now accepting applications for London's adoption.

For more information on London and Panda Paws Rescue, visit http://www.pandapawsrescue.com/

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