Commend Community for Saving Dog Used as Target Practice

Target: Longview, Gregg County Texas

Goal: Thank a Texas community for rallying to save a dog used as target practice

Recently, in Longview, Texas, a severely injured dog was found wandering the streets. It was a pit bull mix, named “Spike Dillinger” by rescuers at the Humane Society of Northeast Texas. The dog was bleeding, and a ripped nylon cord was still hanging around his neck. When rescue workers discovered the extent of the trauma the dog had suffered, they sent him immediately to Kimbrough Animal Hospital. He had more than forty holes from a pellet gun in his face and along his body.  His injuries indicate someone had tied him up and essentially used him for target practice with a pellet gun. Even after enduring this inhumane cruelty at the hands of humans, Spike Dillinger was reportedly “docile and sweet” when rescuers found him, approaching them right away.

Spike Dillinger underwent surgery at Kimbrough Animal Hospital where veterinarians had to remove one of his eyes due to damage. Despite the abuse and other health issues, veterinarians report that Spike is in good spirits and has been adopted by the Yoder family in East Texas.

Since a patrol officer found Spike Dillinger in the street, the dog has had a lot of support from the community and the volunteers at the shelter. Between the Yoder family and the eleven-year-old Kendrick Mills and his mother who volunteer at the shelter, Spike has been well cared for during this ordeal. Community donations have poured in for his surgeries, and even to add to a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the abuser. “We don’t tolerate that here, and we would keep the name anonymous,” Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt said. “We just want the tips.”

Please sign this petition to thank the veterinary services, local police force and animal control officers, and the Mills and Yoder families for helping to save Spike Dillinger, the pit bull mix that had been so cruelly treated.


Dear members of the Longview, Gregg County, Texas communities,

Thank you for your efforts to save Spike Dillinger, the pit bull mix that was discovered with forty holes in his face and body from a pellet gun. This animal has been through some real hardships, and your love and support for him will make all the difference as he heals.

Thank you to the Kimbrough Animal Hospital, the local police force, Judge Bill Stoudt, animal control officer Chris Kemper among others, and the Mills and Yoder families for caring for a poor and helpless animal in its time of need. Humans are equally capable of terrible cruelty and infinite kindness, and you changed the world for this dog by turning his dark past light again.

Please continue your efforts to help animals in need!


[Your Name Here]


photo credit: Screenshot via KLTV news

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  1. Spike Dillinger is the true HERO! All he endured at a humans hands, still trusting another human for love. God bless everyone, including the public, for coming to his rescue and care. Thank you Spike, my Wilbur and Midnight received an extra hug today! Thanks for taking action and not closing your eyes to Spike…3 cheers for this Texas community.

  2. J Davidson says:

    Time to end gun violence on animals too!!!

  3. (Australia) says:

    It sickens me that some can do this to an animal. My best wishes go out to spike and to the people that helped and rescued him.

  4. ana emerick says:


  5. Julie van Niekerk says:

    I do hope they find the mad humans.

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