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    Posted June 28, 2013 by
    Detroit, Michigan

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    Puppy Saved by Detroit Police Officer and Detroit Bully Corps

    (Detroit, Michigan) – Late Thursday afternoon while on patrol, Detroit Police Officer John McKee saw a small animal rustling in the bushes at McGraw and Linwood in Detroit. At first he thought it was a deer, but upon closer inspection discovered it was a puppy hiding among the trees and brush. Officer McKee could see that the puppy was skinny and weak, but instead of trying to secure the canine on his own, he contacted Detroit Bully Corps, a canine rescue organization dedicated to helping “Bully Breeds”, especially the American Pit Bull Terrier.

    When Bill and Missi Bellottie of Detroit Bully Corps arrived at the scene, they could see the puppy needed immediate medical care. His ribs and bones were protruding from his body and he appeared to be in distress.

    Bill Bellottie, Detroit Bully Corps Co-Founder and Director of Operations, says, “We immediately took the puppy to Emergency Veterinarian Hospital of Ann Arbor where x-rays revealed he was suffering from malnutrition and food bloat. His biggest hurdle is that someone gave him way too much food. We understand that people want to help, but it is dangerous to overfeed stray animals, especially when they are emaciated.”

    Missi Bellottie, Co-Founder of Detroit Bully Corps, adds, “When dogs are emaciated, they lose all body fat and the GI tract shuts down. The body actually forgets how to process food. Once they are able to process solid food again, we feed them a quarter to half a cup of very bland food, like chicken and rice, every two to four hours.”

    The stray puppy, now named McGraw, will be on fluids until his stomach contents start moving again. He is estimated to be around one year old and weighs only 23 pounds, about half of what a dog his age should weigh.

    Anyone who believes McGraw may be their lost pet should contact Detroit Bully Corps with proof of ownership, including medical records and photos. If no one claims him, after he recovers he will be placed into the Detroit Bully Corps rehabilitation program until he is ready to be placed up for adoption. Donations toward McGraw’s care can be made online at www.dbcdogs.org or mailed to Detroit Bully Corps, 7555 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

    About Detroit Bully Corps

    Detroit Bully Corps is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Ann Arbor dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating Bully Breeds, especially the American Pit Bull Terrier. For more information, please visit


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