Coachella Pit Bull Gideon Left to Die, But Wins Hearts Worldwide

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Gideon is seen with Dr. Gould at the Animal Specialty & Emergency Center. A video about his rescue had been viewed more than 800,000 times on YouTube as of Thursday.

When she first saw him, cuts covered his beaten body, fear shimmered in his eyes.

Whoever owned the starving pit bull had abandoned him near the Coachella desert, possibly for months, before Annie Hart of the Bill Foundation drove from Los Angeles to rescue him in late December.

“Truly, he was one of the sickest dogs I’ve ever seen,” Hart says.

She named him Gideon, “for warrior — because I felt that he needed everything to help him win this fight” for survival.

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MORE: Gideon’s adoption page | Animal Wellness Foundation Facebook page