In late October, a pit bull was found near death by the side of a road in Chester, Pennsylvania, covered in injuries and barely able to move. The humane police officer that rescued the dog, Russ “Wolf” Harper, named him Remi. Veterinary staff who treated Remi found that he had bite wounds all over his body, along with severe infections from lack of treatment of these wounds.  Harper pointed out that Remi’s injuries were from his repeated use in dog fighting — a form of abuse experienced by many pit bulls. WTXF-TV Philadelphia reported the original story, below.

Though Remi’s outlook was uncertain at first, he responded well to treatment. His journey with Justice Rescue has been documented through the hashtag #remistrong, and supporters have rallied around Remi’s story. Remi’s sweet personality (and his triumph over his abusers) shows in each of the pictures posted by Harper.

Remi’s gentle disposition made it hard for the veterinary staff who cared for him to say goodbye when his treatment was complete. Remi, who is now being cared for at Justice Rescue Sanctuary, was sent off with plenty of toys and love, reported CBS Philly.

Remi has also inspired a new campaign for Justice Rescue, known as Justice Unchained. Portraits of Remi can be purchased to support this campaign and “the mission of helping abused animals,” according to their announcement (below).

For more information and updates on Remi, visit Justice Rescue. To learn more about the types of abuse and harm common in dog fighting, visit the ASPCA’s resource, A Closer Look at Dog Fighting.