Who Rescued Who? Abused Dog, Autistic Boy Transformed

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(Photo Credit: Facebook via Xena the Warrior Puppy)

When a severely abused dog and an autistic 8-year-old boy met, it was like they were both reborn.

Xena the pit bull mix was beaten and starved, and beat 99 percent odds that her injuries were fatal, according to Daily Mail. Then, 8-year-old Jonny Hickey, who has autism, adopted her.

His mother, Linda, said immediately, her son began singing, laughing and talking.

A year later, Xena is completely recovered. And Jonny is now an “outgoing chatterbox,” according to Daily Mail.

Now, Linda is spreading the word to recognize April as an awareness month for autism and the prevention of cruelty to animals.

And Xena was honored as dog of the year by the ASPCA.

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