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Sweet New Journey – GremlinTheTherapyDog

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Gremlin was saved from the wrath of a dog fighting ring, her legs were broken and grew back in such a way that they needed to be re-broken to be fixed. Her vocal chords were ruptured, something most likely done by shoving the end of a baseball bat down the pup’s throat. It would be easy to presume a pit bull trained under conditions filled with stress and anger would live the rest of it’s life stressed and angry. But Gremlin allows swarms of children to smother her with their love and attention during her duties as a certified therapy dog. She has touched people within her community near Cleveland, Ohio, to as far as Australia.
Though she is unable to bark or speak for herself, her owner Hughes has given her a voice and a second life. She has gone from the most heartbreaking situation to a life of healing and helping.
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Gremlin was a severely abused dog, used as a bait dog in a dogfighting ring. Her back legs were broken, she can no longer bark, and she is partially deaf. But an undercover police officer adopted her, and today Gremlin’s life is very different.

As a therapy dog, Gremlin visits schools for student reading programs, and she visits patients in nursing facilities.

Her Facebook page stated, “Gremlin’s mission is to bring awareness to dogfighting and how the cruelty of humans never cease to amaze us.”

Gremlin’s Facebook page also announced the dog is not allowed in Parma City Schools. “I am very said to announce that the City of Parma has stepped in and told the school I am no longer allowed to visit because the City does not allow my breed. It is very sad that all those children will miss out on a wonderful program because of how I look,” the Facebook post said.

More than 350 comments from fans called the ban “discrimination” and “ignorant.”

“We were just doing exploratory calling for a possible therapy program,” said Kevin Brennan, the district’s communications specialist. “We’ve made no commitment to any program” or any company associated with certified therapy dogs, Brennan said.

The program would be for a special needs pre-school, if the district decides to adopt it. Brennan said during the research into the possible program, school leaders were advised by counsel that pit bulls are not allowed on school property because of a city ordinance.

Gremlin’s Facebook page responded to the pit bull’s supporters by updating other upcoming school visits, including trips planned in the coming weeks to North Ridgeville and Sandusky schools.

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