Husky Who Was Mistreated Now Helps Children Who Have Also Been Abused

Patriot the Husky had a horrific life as a puppy, he was abused and mistreated but has since had a second chance at life and now helps children who have been victims of abuse.

He helps children who have been abused physically or sexually in Orange County, California. These kids find strength to testify in court through the help of Patriot. The brave Husky knows the pain of abuse and neglect and is the perfect comfort to these poor children.

Patroit the dog

Kevin Marlin, 47, who adopted Patriot from the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that just from noticing the scars on Patriot’s muzzle “they know that he’s been through a lot, just like they have”.

He continued:

“They’ll look at me and say, ‘Somebody hurt him,'”

“and I’ll tell them, ‘Yes. Somebody wasn’t very nice to him, but he’s doing well now.’

“Kids sit and pet him while they talk to attorneys and investigators and they immediately feel more comfortable.”

Kevin as been involved with pet therapy for the past 10 years. He adopted Patriot in 2012 when the pup was 4 months old at the time.

Metal wire wrapped tightly around Patriot’s mouth as a puppy meant he needed several surgeries to help repair the damage.

Kevin taught Patriot to trust again by coating his fingers with peanut butter and letting the dog lick it from his hands. This led to Patriot allowing himself to be petted on the muzzle.

The pair work with Orange County’s PANDA Program — PAWS Assist the Needs of the District Attorney. He is 1 of 13 therapy dogs that help young victims feel more secure when telling their stories.

Kevin said:

“I remember one young girl who was just beginning the process of a trial, and she was visibly uncomfortable until Patriot came over and nudged her with his nose,”

“The girl grabbed hold of him and cried. They made a strong connection, and the girl was able to move on with her story. She didn’t want to leave Patriot that day when she was finished.”

Kevin Marlin and Patroit

Marlin added:

“Patriot wears his scars to remind us all about his story of survival and forgiveness,”

“He’s an incredible dog. It’s an honor to have him in my life and spend my days working with him.”

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