Lufkin family fosters Pitbull dragged behind truck during recovery despite traumatizing childhood experience

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Pitbull that was dragged behind a truck and suffered serious bodily injury nearly a month ago is now on-the-mend and is learning to love again.

Justice's foster family is an unique fit because they have not had positive experiences with Pitbull's in the past.

Justice was allegedly stolen from his owner's yard in mid-February, dragged behind a truck, surrendered to Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter then taken in by the Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation rescue "SNARR" and now he's at home with Jonathan Holtorff and his family.

"He's been through a lot," said Holtorff. "He's a nice dog."

Holtorff even had to put his fear aside to take in Justice because of a traumatizing childhood experience.

"When I was very young, about nine years old, I was attached by 3 Pitbull's, scar on my shoulder," said Holtorff. "It was just a very bad situation."

"My thoughts were to stay as far away as possible in the beginning," said Holtorff.

But he knew Justice had also been through a great deal and now they are healing together.

"If you can get over your fear, you're going to make that animal's whole life," said Holtorff. "His wounds have recovered unbelievably. He's a great dog. He's feeling like this is his home now. He's actually enjoying every time we come in there so it's very nice."

Justice still has a long road to recovery. He goes to the vet twice a week for wound care and laser treatments much like a burn patient but his true fun-loving puppy dog personality is starting to show through.

"I hope he fully recovers and can be a playful Pitbull and I hope he gets adopted right when he's ready to."

Justice also has a fan page on Facebook called "Through the eyes of Justice" where his followers can track his progress, share his story and get to know him so he can be adopted.

If you want to make a donation toward Justice's recovery/care or to the rescue organization here's how:

or make payable to "SNARR" and mail to: PO Box 313, Saint Martinville, LA, 70582

Roger Whitmill was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals, driving while intoxicated, no drivers license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released from the Angelina County Jail on a personal recognizance bond about a week after the incident.

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