Rescued Pit Bull Photo Goes Viral: See The Adorable Animal Here

By Melissa Siegel on January 30, 2013 4:14 PM EST

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This dog was one of 26 pit bull terriers rescued from an alleged dog fighting ring in Florida. (Photo: Reddit/Hillsbourgh County Anim)

A photo of a rescued pit bull has gone viral.

According to ABC Action News, animal control officers freed 26 pit bull terriers earlier this week that were involved in a dog fighting ring in Florida. No one has yet been charged with a crime, but Pam Perry from Hillsborough County Animal Services told the website that this is just a matter of time.

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"Some of them [the dogs] are severely injured," Perry said. "Clear cuts to their faces, forelimbs, head, they are still bleeding."

According to BayNews9, chains, buckets and medicine were also found with the rescued pit bulls.

"There were tools out there that looked like they had been recently putting together some of these pallets," Perry said. "There was blood spattered all over the pallets. Blood was spattered on the buckets. They were chained in a manner [where] they could get very close to each other but not engage but clearly some of them had been baited and fought."

All 26 of the pit bulls have seen a veterinarian and are expected to survive.

One Reddit user then posted a photo on the website of Perry cradling a rescued pit bull in her arms. The picture of the happy dog has since been upvoted nearly 2,400 times.

"I don't know who this lady is, but I love her," wrote one user, according to Yahoo! News.

The pit bull photo has already been compared to another dog picture that went viral. As RadarOnline notes, John Unger became famous when his friend took a shot of him cradling his shepherd mix in Lake Superior to help ease the pooch's arthritis.

It is unclear exactly what will happen to the Florida pit bulls, but hopefully all of them will eventually be adopted. However, as Huffington Post notes, this is usually easier said than done. Many animals used in dogfighting rings often are too emotionally damaged to live with humans.

Indeed, a Time Magazine article from 2009 discussed how hard it is to rehabilitate dogs involved in fighting rings.

"Such socialization can require months of effort, and even if the process proves a success, the old gladiator may never be entirely tamed," wrote author David von Drehle. "It's still unwise, experts say, to place a former fighting dog in a home with other pets or crawling children. After all, they have been bred and raised and terrorized to kill four-legged creatures."

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