A pit bull rescued from a violent dog fighting ring on the East Coast is getting a second chance in Portland.
The dog named Snow arrived in Portland from North Carolina Tuesday night.
Snow was rescued from a life of dog fighting and was at risk of being put down. That's when a local organization agreed to bring her to Oregon.
Snow spent nine months in a North Carolina dog shelter before a judge ruled that she did not need to be euthanized.
Ronnie Lucero, the director of Diamond Cut Loyalty Canine Rescue and Pit Bull Rehabilitation, heard about Snow and worked to bring her out west and give her a new life.
He dedicates his time to working with animals rescued from dog fighting rings to temper their behavior and get them ready to be adopted.
When Snow was first rescued, Lucero said she was skinny, malnourished and covered in cuts and other injuries.
Now, her physical health is improving and Lucero said he plans to begin a training program that will reset the dog's life from square one.
"The training is going to start as if she was a puppy," he said. "It starts with socialization. It will start with obedience. I have to read her like a book, as she will show me her downfalls and what she needs training with."
Lucero said Snow has already shown affection for adults and children and he's confident she will eventually be adopted out to a family.
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