New home for Bugz, the York dog whose beating was caught on video
York County SPCA staff members watched Tuesday evening as Bugz walked out the shelter's front doors and into his new life.
"There wasn't a dry eye in the place," Executive Director Melissa Smith said. "Everybody was so emotional, from the staff to the adopters — we're all teary-eyed, but he was just happy and ready to go. It was a really good moment."
Bugz is the 1½-year-old white male pit bull who made headlines when a video of his brutal beating in the back yard of a York City home went viral on Facebook in mid-December.
His former owner's fiance, Luis Junior Cruz-Padro, is charged with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. Officials said he is the man seen in the 2½-minute video punching, hitting and whipping Bugz in the first block of East South Street. During some of that beating, Bugz was tied to a pole so he couldn't escape.
He suffered a broken rib and bruising to his side, but has made a full recovery, said Smith, who has called the beating "horrendous."
Forever home: Bugz's new family is "everything we were hoping for" in a forever home, Smith said. The family has indicated they're not interested in publicity.
"They don't want the notoriety of all this — they just want to give this dog a home," she said. "They do have other pets, so Bugz will not be an only child."
Smith said SPCA staffers received "quite a few solid applications we had to weed through" to find Bugz the best home they could, one where he could thrive and grow and be loved.
"I think that with this family, this is exactly what we've found. They are truly what we were hoping for for him," Smith said. "There were some people he met that he really didn't connect with. But with this family, we felt there was a genuine connection."
For those interested in adopting, the York County SPCA currently has more than 140 dogs and more than 230 cats available for adoption, as well as rabbits, guinea pigs, pot-bellied pigs, ferrets, birds and various reptiles.
Go to www.ycspca.org for information about adopting, donating, volunteering and upcoming SPCA events.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org.