Abused dog, Xena (ASPCA “Dog of the Year”) and autistic boy, Jonny Hickey rescue one another (Video)

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PetSocial.org loves to share stories of animal rescue and of how the kindness of humans can turn the life around of an animal in need; especially one who has been severely neglected or abused. In addition, when animals save people in return, that is the epitome of what we stand for here at PetSocial.org. Please be forewarned of the graphic nature of the “before” photo of Xena, the “Warrior Dog.”


When Xena was found and entered the Dekalb Animal Services Shelter that saved her back in March, she was only 4 pounds and very malnourished. She is a Staffordshire terrier mix who was rescued just in time to save her from dying. Veterinarians and a loving family did the trick.


The most remarkable part of the story is that not only was the dog saved, but so was the 8-year-old autistic boy named Jonny Hickey, who is part of the family that ended up adopting Xena once she was brought back to good health. Jonny was having difficulties coming out of his “shell” and was helped by the extraordinary bond he shared with Xena right from when they first met. Jonny is now a “chatterbox,” according to his mother.


Xena before: Courtesy of Yahoo News

Xena before: Courtesy of Yahoo News


Xena got crowned “Dog of the Year” by the ASPCA at its annual awards show. Jonny accepted the award for Xena. Xena wears a sign reading, “Who Rescued Who.” Please enjoy the heartwarming video below.


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3 Responses to Abused dog, Xena (ASPCA “Dog of the Year”) and autistic boy, Jonny Hickey rescue one another (Video)

  1. Marissa L. says:


  2. Harley says:

    What a happy, incredible story.. Heartbreaking how this little dog had to suffer.. And now, thankfully, she has a great loving family. She and Jonny know pure love and dedication! Thanks for this story.

  3. Steven L says:

    Amazing story!

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