Windsor Township couple Tisha and Angelo Prestopine have adopted Noah, a year-old pit bull that almost starved to death in a Lafayette Street garage last December.
Now Noah has his own loveseat to sleep on, three boys to play with, and an adopted sister -- a pit bull/boxer mix named Cinnamon that was also an abused dog.
"We let them pretty much live a life of luxury because they've been through a lot," said Tisha Prestopine at her home on Miller Drive yesterday.
The Prestopines adopted Noah earlier this summer after the York County SPCA nursed the dog back to health from near starvation.
Noah and another pit bull were left locked in a garage for weeks late last year. The elder dog starved to death, but Noah was rescued by police and the SPCA on Dec. 20.
The dog's previous owners, Louis Rice and Ami Charlton, pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals and were each fined $500. Rice's mother, Dorothy Rice, lives at the property where the dogs were kept, was fined $250 after she was found guilty of animal cruelty.
After he was rescued, Noah showed some aggression toward other dogs. But one of the reasons the Prestopines decided to adopt the pit bull, they said, was because it got along so well with Cinnamon, a 5-year-old dog that had been left tied to a tree before the couple adopted it from the SPCA.
Trained at SPCA: Noah had undergone training with the SPCA and received a Canine Good Citizen certificate in the spring, clearing the way for him to be adopted.
Tisha said she had been looking for a dog to serve as a companion to Cinnamon and to play with her three boys, Tyler Santiago, 10, Jared Prestopine, 13, and Zack Prestopine, 16.
The family built a fenced-in area so the dogs wouldn't have to be chained, Tisha said, and Cinnamon and Noah have begun sleeping beside each other on a loveseat.
"They'll have good relaxing lives here, that is for sure," she said.
Angelo said he can't say enough about what the SPCA did for the dog, from rescuing him, to training him until he was ready to be adopted. Noah has been great with their kids and Cinnamon, he said.
"I'm hoping that this shows people that as long as you give them a loving home they seem to work out really well," Tisha said of the abused dogs.
-- Reach Brock Parker at 505-5434 or bparker@york dispatch.com.